31 May 2016
`Tekat’ is one of the great textile technique in Malay heritage. `Tekat’ embroidery is also known as `bersuji’, it is embroidering gold thread to basic fabric (velvet type). Embroidering work require frames to stretch the velvet, `mempulur’ as the motif mold and gold thread to shape the flower pattern.
The origin and development of `Tekat’ is directly associated with the usage of clothing and household furnishing of the king’s family or palace. Early development of embroidering arts can be detected from the early 15th century, during the great era of Malacca Sultanate. The effect of embroidery can be seen in the Chinese community descendant of Baba Malacca. They use the `tekat’ embroidering for their clothes. There are several type of `tekat’ that is made by expert craftsmen skilled in embroidery. Some of them are `tekat timbul benang emas’, `tekat gubah’ and `tekat perada’.
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