Johor Weaving Gallery (9th Oct. 2018)

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While on a visit to the Yayasan Warisan Johor complex in Johor Bahru, I discovered a charming little museum called the Johor Weaving Gallery, or Galeri Tenun Johor. On display were examples showing the history of Malay textiles and all the fine patterns used to distinguish the place of origin and the status of the wearer.

I am sorry that my iPhone photos do not do justice to the quality of these textiles, but I hope they encourage you to go and visit and see for yourselves. There are display panels with text in Malay and in English, so this is one of the more user-friendly museums in Johor Bahru for visitors who cannot read Malay. Besides, this is a display which does not require too much language.

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There were some weavings working there: one gentleman was preparing spools with the fine thread, and two ladies were preparing a loom. They said that it took two weeks to prepare the loom for weaving then another two weeks to make a length of cloth. [I have since learnt that these weavers are only present for pre-booked group tours of the museum, but there is still plenty to look at without them, so dont let this put you off.]

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The Yayasan Warisan Johor complex (Kompleks Warisan Sultan Abu Bakar, Lot 888, Jalan Sungai Chat, 80100 Johor Bahru) has been under renovation for several years, and the Johor Weaving Gallery is one of the first buildings to be opened to the public. The entrance is on the south side of the complex, looking towards Dataran Bandaraya, and there is plenty of parking on site. 

The Johor Weaving Gallery is open Sat - Wed 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and Thurs 10 am to 3 pm, and closed on Fridays.

If you visit around midday, then I recommend that you stop at the nearby Pisang Mawar stall where you can eat the most delicious deep fried bananas (with spicey sauce on the side) as well as plenty of other delights.

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