Weave with an embroidery artist, as you unravel the art of Tekat Benang Emas, or Gold Thread Embroidery.
Once woven into the clothes and household accessories of royalty, Tekat Benas Emas, or Gold Thread Embroidery, is an elegant traditional craft that traces its history back to the 15th century.
Gold threads are woven by hand onto velvet pieces to form spectacular floral motifs. This traditional embroidery art is slowly fading to the ebbs of time, but there are still a few cottage industries who continue this practice.
Puan Mardziah is an embroidery artist whose inherited her skills and passion from her mother. Her work is still appreciated by the rulers of Malaysia today. Under her watchful eye, you can learn how to form the traditional patterns onto a small piece of velvet. You would not be able to finish the piece on the same day, but you can bring it home to complete. This ancient royal art would make a wonderful reminder of your trip to the Royal Town of Perak.
The art of gold thread embroidery
After an introduction to the history of tekat emas, you can see a demonstration of the embroidery process. You can also try it for yourself with the help of Puan Mardziah. The piece you will work on will be much smaller in size, fitting the small weaving loom. You will not be able to complete it within 2 hours, but you are welcome to stay longer, or bring it home to weave.
From Kuala Kangsar: If you are driving there on your own, meet at the "Gesamas" workshop at No e-18, Komplex Mini MPKK, Jalan Nakhoda. From Kuala Lumpur: If you are departing from Kuala Lumpur, meet at KL Sentral, at the entrance opposite KL Hilton. See add-on to book 10-seater transportation.