The Malay Customs and Heritage Corporation Selangor (PADAT) presented the longest Tekat Gubah Bunga Tanjung in Malaysia, measuring 9m X 0.91m. This impressive work of embroidery has earned a place in the Malaysia Book of Records for the Longest Handmade Embroidery.
This initiative, a cooperation between PADAT and the Society of Craft and Hand Embroidery Making Experts (SCHEME), is supported by the Selangor Permanent Committee on Tourism and the Selangor branch of the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation.
The certificate-signing ceremony by the Malaysia Book of Records was held on 27th August, 2016 at AEON Mall Shah Alam, witnessed by Selangor State ExCo Y.B. Dato’ Dr Ahmad Yunus bin Hairi.
The tekat gubah process began on 21st May, 2016 and completed on 27th August, 2016, with the final thread cut by Dato’ Dr Ahmad Yunus. The team behind this elegant piece of embroidery comprised of 31 members; 21 of the embroiderers were from PADAT while the rest, from SCHEME.
Tekat gubah embroidery was chosen by PADAT for this record setting due to its widespread use in clothing styles and decoration among the royal families of Selangor since the early years of the Selangor Sultanate.
The embroidery emphasises on the nine-petal floral motif of bunga tanjung, the official flower of the state of Selangor. The nine petals in the motif indicate the nine districts of Selangor: Gombak, Hulu Langat, Hulu Selangor, Klang, Kuala Langat, Kuala Selangor, Petaling, Sabak Bernam and Sepang.
Following this record-breaking feat, PADAT is in the process of registering the motif as an industrial design with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia so that it could be applied to other craft products of Selangor, besides fabric and textiles.
This Malaysia Book of Records ceremony was the highlight of the 6-day craft fair which was hosted at the mall.
Event: Longest Tekat Gubah Bunga Tanjung (Hand Embroidery) in Malaysia
Venue: AEON Mall Shah Alam, Selangor.
Date: 27th Aug, 2016
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