Kuching Textile Museum

The Sarawak Textile Museum
The Pavilion Building, housing the Sarawak Textile Museum

The name may not be catchy, but the Sarawak Textile Museum does house a rather interesting collection of textiles and costumes representing the many different cultures that make up Sarawak.

The building housing the museum is a rather elegant structure built in 1907. It originally served as a medical dispensary and later became the home of the Education Department of Sarawak, before finally being converted to a museum in the year 2000.

The permanent exhibits are displayed on the upper two floors of the building. They cover everything from the development of cloth making - from bark to woven fabric - on to the traditional costumes of the various ethnic groups of Sarawak, as well as the Chinese community.

The museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Admission is free.