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Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
  Getting There
  Getting Around
 
  Terengganu Map 1
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  Kuala Terengganu Map
 
  Visit Terengganu
  Discover Terengganu
  The Ultimate Destination
 
  Unique Homestays
  Local Delicacy
 
ARTS & CULTURE
  Traditional Games & Pastimes
  Traditional Music & Dance
   
HISTORY & HERITAGE
  Terengganu History
  The 19th Century
  The 20th Century
  The Age Of Commerce
 
  The Inscribed Stone
 
  Traditional Boat Building
  Malay Exotic Wooden
  Royal Treasures
  The Chinese Village
  Others
   
HANDICRAFTS
  Malay Handicrafts
  Batik, Songket & Silk
  Brassware & Wood Carving
  Mengkuang & Pandanus Weaving
  Keris (Blade) Making
  Rattan & Bamboo Product
  Traditional Wau / Kite Making
   
PLACES OF INTEREST
 
  Must Visit Places
 
ISLANDS HOLIDAYS
  Islands Of Terengganu
  Pulau Perhentian Island
  Pulau Lang Tengah Island
  Pulau Redang Island
  Pulau Bidong Island
  Pulau Kapas & Gemia Island
  Pulau Tenggol Island
 
  Beach Holidays
  Recreational Forest
 
TASIK KENYIR (LAKE)
  General Info
  Herbs Park & Kelah Sanctuary
  Adventure Nature
  Tanjong Mentong (Taman Negara)
  Houseboat Holidays
 
  Getting There
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KUALA TERENGGANU
  Around The City
  Islamic Civilization Park
  Batu Burok Beach
  Chendering
  The Museum
  Sungai Terengganu River Cruise
   
MARANG
  Overview
   
DUNGUN
  Overview
  Chemerong Waterfall
  Rantau Abang (Turtle Nesting)
   
KEMAMAN
  Overview
   
HULU TERENGGANU
  Overview
  Ajil Pheasant Park
  Berang River Safari
  Sekayu Waterfall (Must Visit)
   
SETIU
  Overview
   
KUALA BESUT
  Overview
  Lata Belatan Recreational Forest
  Lata Berangin & La Hot Springs
  Lata Tembakah Waterfall
 
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TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
HANDICRAFTS - Batik, Songket & Silk
 
 

BATIK

"The creative outlook of batik is an identity that represents the legacy enriched by diverse reflection of Terengganu's rich tradition and heritage".

 

Hand drawn batik is an exquisite and delicate art which requires skill, patience, meticulousness, flair and creativity. Batik is intrinsic to the fashion world, be it in cotton or silk or in the making of sarongs, scarf, pareos, shirts, shorts, handbags, purses and even shoes.  Terengganu batik shows originality and is not commercialized thus, retaining its price for the quality of the material and the elegance of the designs.

 

A special wax is mixed with amber and boiled over a slow fire to maintain the optimum temperature. On white cotton or silk fabrics, a special copper 'chanting' pen dipped with the wax.  The designs reflect nature-based motifs such as floral prints and marine life to produce a freestyle handrawn motifs. Each drawings are different. Another method is by using either tin, copper or brass block print stamped with flowers or abstract designs. They are first dipped into the wax and then used to print the designs on the white fabrics.

 

Colours will be added after the wax had dried. Different colours can be added without spreading onto other parts as the wax creates sections within the designs. The fabrics will then dipped in boiling water to wash off the wax and to strengthen the colours before the batik can be made into different products. The elegant prints stand out on men's shirts and women's dresses. Batik souvenirs include pareos, scarfs, wall panels, neckties, handbags, purses and shoes. Contemporary batik designs are also being introduced as designer wear, to alleviate batik to exclusive international standards. 

 

Batiks are available at various shops especially at the central market. Watch out though for low quality batik sold at exorbitant price. The colours are easily come off, usually on the first wash. Buying at an established batik shops therefore guarantees the quality of the products. Terengganu is one state which has a number of sought after and promising batik artisans. The batik craft has evolved over time. From the cottage-industry image, batik has become a more sought after product, locally as well as internationally.

 

From the old-fashioned sarong to traditional outfits, it has now been given more commercial value by turning the attractive pieces into pareo, scarves, skirts, dresses, neckties, handbag, purses, curtains, table linens, cushion covers and even shoes. Contemporary batik designs are also being introduced as designer wear, to alleviate batik to exclusive international standards. Artistic use of colours, textures and perhaps combining Batik with other materials can bring about new and exciting design ideas.

 

Terengganu Craft / Handicraft Product - Batik Making.

 
 

Songket

A hand-woven traditional Malay fabric with gold and silver threads and worn mainly during official functions and ceremonies

 

Songket is a fabric belonging to the brocade family of textile. The term songket derived from the Malay word "menyongket" which means to embroider with gold and silver threads. Traditionally, these beautiful intricate art pieces are a symbol of prestigious outfits which used to be worn only by the members of the royal households during ceremonial occasions. However, through time songket is now being worn also by the commoners in many styles and fashion. Today, songket weavers in Terengganu (the finest in quality) where traditional Malay customs and teachings are still practiced.

 

They live a simple life in villages near the sea, rivers and hills, surrounded by trees, fruits, flowers, chickens, ducks, butterflies and other elements of nature. Naturally, their ideas for songket designs are inspired by their natural surroundings. Therefore, their songket motifs may range from local flowers and fruits to plants and animals. The origins of the many different colourful and traditional textile are lost in antiquity. The art of Songket weaving consist of using traditional heirloom to make intricate Songket brocade through painstaking weaving with gold or silver threads.  The most common motif found on the songket is the Pucuk Rebung design - a bamboo shoot pattern that forms a wavy indented edge like that of a shark?s teeth.

 

 

From the traditional use of hand-woven gold or silver threads which is very expensive, Songket was further improvised. by using colourful thread which is woven into silk materials. From abstract, songket has now been made more fashionable with floral designs, so as not only to be worn by the men as "samping" (wrap around piece accompanying traditional Malay costume) and "tengkolok" (traditional headgear) during weddings, conferment of titles and other official functions, but also by ladies as sarong to be matched with a kebaya top or even, skirts and dresses which are tailored by combining with other textiles. Songket weaving is a well preserved cottage industry in Terengganu. It is the symbol of authenticity and detailed Malay weaving. One needs to have good weaving skills, precision, creativity and a lot of commitment in order to produce a good piece of songket. 

 

The weaving is a time consuming process usually takes days, weeks or even months for the normal to the more intricate designed songket piece. These exclusive pieces can cost up to thousands of Malaysian Ringgit. "Tak lapuk dek hujan tak lekang dek panas" is a Malay proverb which describes this lasting beautiful art expression of songket that will never be worn out of style. Hence the heritage must always be preserved. Songket was once declared as the queen of all fabric and it is proven to be so unique and high in quality. In Malaysia, songket is still actively produced by a number of entrepreneurs especially from Terengganu.

 

The advancement of computer technology has created machine woven songket designs largely imported from India and Pakistan. In ensuring competitiveness, the Ministry are taking initiatives to create awareness that quality wise, the modern designs does not match the intricate and exquisite traditional designs where creativity and originality flows from the heart. Songket are the most exquisite items which the locals are proud of. Visitors to Terengganu should never miss the chance to witness the local artisans in songket weaving and bring home some nice pieces as souvenirs.

 
 

SILK

Silk is one of aging ageless heritage from millennial back is gaining popularity among local and foreign visitors to Terengganu.

 

Malaysian silk was first produced in the state of Terengganu.  Its quality is widely accepted to be on par with silk produced by China, the foremost silk producing country where silk is said to originate from.  The designs are hand printed with soft pastel colours or brilliant tones that never fail to catch the eye of tourists and attract attention of admirers.

 
 
 
HANDICRAFTS - Batik, Songket & Silk
TERENGGANU - EAST COAST REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA