Jakarta Textile Museum is a cultural educational institution, has a mission to conserve traditional textile.
In it's effort to increase public appreciation of Indonesia's textile tradition and participation in the preservation of national heritage. Jakarta Textile Museum always makes an effort inform and educate people trough exhibition, seminar, workshop, research and publication.
Textile has always been an important part of life in Indonesia as a component of dress and as a ritual and ceremonial objects. They constitute a very rich aspect of Indonesian culture and a testament of the degree of technological expertise and artistic skill attained by their maker.
The Textile Museum was founded in 1976 as the result of a concerted effort spearheaded by the Governor of Jakarta at that time, Ali Sadikin. It was established in honor of Mme. Tien Soeharto's First Lady, who officiated at the opening on June 28th of 1976.
The main building or mostly called the display room is a building situated in the middle of the Textile Museum’s area and it is also the largest building in the museum ground. According to its name, this building functions as the main exhibition for the textiles, those that are collected by the museum itself, designer’s collection and even textiles belonging to private textile collectors. The textiles that are exhibit are rotated within a scheduled time allowing visitors to always have a new and different ambience of visit.
UNESCO has acknowledged Batik as an Intangible Cultural Heritage which was the motivation needed for this building to be built. This gallery was officially opened exactly a year after UNESCO’s acknowledgement on the 2nd of October in 2010. The idea of building a Batik gallery was a creative idea born to the National Batik Museum which later on was run and developed by the Batik Foundation of Indonesia (Yayasan Batik Indonesia) and the Textile Museum Jakarta. Don’t call yourself a Batik lover if you have not visited the Batik Gallery at Textile Museum Jakarta!
Here you can find knowledge about Flora. In a 2000 metres squared ground this garden gives knowledge about various color producing plants for traditional textile. For example the African Tulip Tree, Caesarweed etc. This garden is located behind the main building and it functions as venue for outdoor events of the Museum.
Textile Museum collections consist of traditional textile from various territories in Indonesia like Batik, Ikat, Pelangi, Tenun, Songket, Prada, tree bark cloth and Celup. Textile Museum also presents traditional tools and equipments in textile industry like weaving and batik tools from various region in Indonesia.