The state of Terengganu has always been associated with the manufacturing of Malay textiles like Songket and Batik. However, historical tracks prove that the association is not only limited to the above alone – early records from old Malay palaces and British colonial period, alongside textile artifacts displayed in local and international museums, show that Terengganu is in a class on its own. The state has greatly demonstrated excellence in textile manufacturing through all kinds of traditional fabrics produced and weaved by its people for many generations. Terengganu’s textiles were famous in the Malay Archipelago and forged fame at different international exhibitions in the early and mid 20th century. The decision made by the late His Royal Highness Sultan Zainal Abidin III, the Sultan of Terengganu then, to invite all artisans from all over the Malay archipelago, had made the state Birmingham of the East for textiles manufacturing. This is evidenced by the growing number of weavers and imports of woven materials, which increased around the early to mid 20th century.
To further unravel more historical stories and records of Terengganu’s textiles, TDM Berhad invited Mr. Khairulanwar Rahmat, an Arts and Culture advocate at its Menjulang Peradaban Siri 10 – Tekstil Warisan Terengganu live on Facebook. During this live stream session, we went down memory lane, flipping through past monumental records about different traditional textiles of Terengganu – a legacy from the past that has made historical and cultural marks even to the generation of today.