Some clothing, you buy to look good. Some, you buy to look in. Some, you buy to save the environment. Some, does all of these.
Galeri Petronas is presenting an exhibition of eco-fibre and textile art titled Selembar Benang Menjalin Alam, from 1st to 31st December, at Chitramayee State Gallery of Fine Arts. This exhibition is being organised in collaboration with UNESCO, The Crafts Council of India and Petronas of Malaysia.
The exhibition comprises of both traditional and contemporary eco-fibre and textile art works of 68 renowned textile artists from 30 countries, who have brought with them some of their traditional textiles and textile art, including:
1. Creative handloom textiles, nettle weaving, natural dye paintings, wood-block printed natural dye panels and Kalamkat wood-block prints on ikat textiles, natural dye textile paintings on cotton, natural dye silk shibori, large hand-embroidered tapestries, and Kashmiri hand-embroidered crewel work on pashmina, silk and wool from India
2. Cotton and silk Pua Kumbu warp ikat weaving, Batikat paintings on ikat textiles, Orang Ulu bark cloth paintings, and embroidery on bark cloth from Malaysia
3. Jamdhani style textiles in natural dyes from Bangladesh
4. Hand-painted textiles using stone-age technique of hematite soil, old batik designs from Indonesia, and
5. More textile art from Pakistan, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Venezuela, Chile, Iran, China, Sri Lanka Japan, Korea and Turkey
The exhibition aims to show and promote the development of eco-fibre and textile art throughout the world. It highlights the manner in which traditional techniques of textiles such as ikats, tritik, shibori, yuzen and batik; and the art of textile embellishment such as embroidery, quilting etc. are applied in contemporary textile art.
It also explores the 3-dimensional aspect of textile art through installations and sculptural constructions, giving an overview of the current trend through which eco-fibre and textile art is evolving as a major genre of fine arts.
Galeri Petronas is located at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. It is owned and funded by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), the national oil and gas corporation of Malaysia.
The entry to the exhibition is free. For further details, please contact Chitramayee at 2311-3308/98486-66262.