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Textile Museum

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Textile Museum in Jakarta has a magnificent collection of textiles brought from all the Islands in Indonesia, which is the world's largest archipelago and consists of 5 main Islands and about 30 smaller archipelagos. Each island is unique and its population has its own culture, customs, so all the exhibits in the Museum are of great value and will be interesting for fans to learn more about Eastern Indonesian culture.

The Museum building was built in the early nineteenth century. Originally the building was private property and was built for a French businessman. The architecture of the building is neoclassical style with Baroque elements. During its existence, the house changed many owners. First, it was purchased by the Turkish representation in Batavia. In 1942 the house was sold again, this time bought in order to during the war for the independence of Indonesia to place a headquarters of the party of Barisan Keamanan Rakyat. In 1947 the building was leased by the Department of social Affairs, who then placed it in the Institute the elderly. Subsequently the house was transferred to the city administration, and in 1978, in June, took place the solemn opening of the Textile Museum by Mrs. city Hartinah, the wife of the second President of Indonesia Hadji Muhammad Suharto.

The Museum collection contains various types of traditional Indonesian textiles, including Javanese batik. So you can see the textiles of the Batak people, marvel at the gorgeous patterns and bright colors of woven goods ikat, executed entirely by hand. In addition, the Museum displays traditional tools and equipment that are used for the production of textiles.