Brunei Darussalam is proud to showcase several pieces of its kain tenunan such as kain Jong Sarat, kain Sukmaindera, kain Sipugut, kain Silubang bangsi, kain Bunga betabur and kain Beragi, private collections of Her Royal Highness Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah and Dr Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah from Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam at ASEAN Songket Weaving Exhibition "Queen of Textile: One Root, One Heritage" from 16th October until 31st December,2016 at National Museum, Kuala Lumpur.
The exhibition was organised by Department of Museums, Malaysia. The official opening ceremony was launched by Her Royal Highness Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah binti Almarhum AlMutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj on 17th October 2016
The ASEAN Songket Weaving Exhibition is an exhibition to revive the glory of traditional heritage textile known as Songket . Also known as the Queen of Textile, Songket is a heritage of high value and a symbol of pride of every single community in ASEAN countries. Thus, the exhibition aimed to make the ASEAN Songket weaving Exhibition as a platform to amalgamate the ASEAN region Songket Art and to uphold the value of Songket Art heritage at the international level. In conjunction with the event, about 150 pieces of Songket collections from numerous ASEAN countries are showcased.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a seminar on ASEAN Songket themed “Unity and Continuity” was held on 19 October 2016. Seven presenters from Brunei Darussalam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia were invited. Invited speaker from Brunei Darussalam, Dr Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah, Director of Academy of Brunei Studies presented her paper entitled “Kain Tenunan Brunei: Binding Fabrics”. In her presentation, she highlighted the consumption of kain tenunan and their meaning in Brunei Malay society. She also discussed how the process of production connects and strengthen relationship between weavers and consumers.