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Opening Hours : Monday to Sunday  9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Admission is free
Textile and Costume Museum - The Pavilion, which is located opposite the General Post Office is the sited for Textile and Costume Museum in Kuching. This three storey rectangular building was built in 1907 as a medical centre which later become the Education Department Headquarters in 1947. The architecture is the a mixture of the late English renaissance and English colonial.

The museum house and display the authentic local textile and costume made by the ethnic community in Sarawak. The display starts  from the weaving stages and ends up with the complete finishing product. Visitors may have the opportunity to test their skills during the process.

The Pavilion was built in 1909. An architectural enigma of its design is reminiscent of buildings in the southern America - a mixture of late English renaissance and colonial architecture. It served as a General Hospital until 1947.

Textile buffs interested in a more hands on look at textiles should not miss the Pua Kumbu Museum, 4th Floor, Tun Jugah Tower. Run by the private Tun Jugah Foundation, it houses a superb collection of lban textiles, both antique and modern, as well as exquisite Iban silverware and jeweler. You can also watch the weavers at work, or even learn the craft yourself (if you have a year or two to spare). Visitors are very welcome, but large groups should make an appointment beforehand. Call the curator on Tel: 239672, Fax: 412185, E-mail: Open Mon - Fri 9 -12 am, 1 - 4.30 pm.

More textiles and other handicrafts can be found at the Sarakrak Pavilion, at 78 Jalan Tabuan. This Chinese-Colonial style mansion houses a workshop where a wide range of crafts are demonstrated. A huge variety of authentic Sarawak handicrafts are on sale, visitors may sign up for courses to study many different types of craft skills, and traditional dance lessons are also offered. Open daily 9 am - 5 pm. For further details see their listing under Shopping.

Another good place to see authentic Sarawak handicrafts being made is the Sarawak Handicraft Centre in the Round Tower (see Court House Complex earlier in this chapter). Groups of craftspeople from rural villages and longhouses demonstrate their skills in various types of Sarawak crafts, rotating on a monthly basis. The centre also has interesting handicraft displays, and a resource centre with a library and handicraft videos. Tel: 425652, website: Open Mon-Fri 8.30 am -12.30 pm (11.30 pm Fri) and 2 pm - 5 pm, weekends and public holidays 8.30 am -12.00 midday.

INDEX of Kuching City  September 24, 2017 11:41:56 PM

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