We recently had the Labour Day long weekend and surprise, surprise, I wasn’t travelling 🙂 I was in KL, spending time with family as my parents came over from Malacca to visit. Aside from time with family, I spent an interesting Saturday morning at our National Museum (Muzium Negara).
I joined a group of bloggers that morning to attend an event hosted by Tripovo and Muzium Negara. It’s in conjunction with International Museum Day on 18th May 2016, and we were invited to re-learn our Malaysia history at the museum and to participate in a crash course on batik painting.
I was particularly excited to return to our National Museum because I haven’t visited the museum since primary school days! I remembered visiting the museum twice: the first visit was with my parents during the school holidays, and the second visit was part of a school trip from Malacca to KL.
Our event started with a 2-hour guided tour of the museum. Our guide, Mr Yee, walked us through the Malaysian history starting with the galleries of the geographic and natural history of the Malay Peninsula, and the Malacca Sultanate. The last one hour of the tour was moving through the gallery of the colonial era (Portuguese, Dutch and British) and ending at the Malaysia Today gallery which features the formation of the Federation of Malaya and independence from the British. I must say, the museum has changed a lot – thankfully – the curatorship has improved and upgraded.
After the museum tour was over, we were brought back to our original meeting place for the batik painting session. We were introduced to Puan Rosidah Abdullah from the Textile Museum who explained to us about the processes involved in batik painting.
We were given several batik drawings to choose from – there were drawings of flowers, ducks and Hello Kitty – I chose our national flower, the hibiscus. First, we dip a pout into a pot of boiling wax, and from the pout flows out the wax which is used to outline the drawing pattern on a white cloth.
The part which touches the white cloth is painted with water using a paintbrush, followed by colours. The drawing which was outlined with wax resists the colours.
The final outcome…
Do you think our masterpieces could fetch thousands of dollars? 😉
Well, masterpiece or not, I’m going to frame my batik painting and hang it proudly in my living room!
Many thanks to Tripovo and Muzium Negara for hosting this event. Opinions in this post, as always, are my own.
On 18th May 2016 – on International Museum Day (IMD)- Muzium Negara will have an Open Day whereby entrance to the museum is free of charge. In fact, more than 32,000 museums around the world will be participating in IMD, thus there will be many interesting and enjoyable activities for this special day.
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