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Malaysian Costume and Textiles: Telepuk

Telepuk

Telepuk refers to the process of gliding cloth by using "stamping glue" on the surface of a polished fabric in order to apply gold leaf. It is a lustrous unique decorative element on textile materials of fine cotton or sometimes silk, decorated with silver or gold thread. Telepuk is produced by two traditional steps which are menggerus (polishing the cloth to make it smooth) and printing process. This type of material is usually worn by Malay aristocrats, royalty and anobility since 300 years ago.

From the application Telepuk technique in printmaking

 

Menggerus - polishing the fabric

 

Galeri Taman Sari

 

The ' MT ' hallmark may represents the maker's name