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The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) is pleased to present "Dala'il al-Khayrat: Prayer Manuscripts From The 16th To 19th Centuries" exhibition that will showcase its finest collection of one of the most important manuscripts in the Islamic World. The collection highlights Dala'il al-Khayrat copies from its native land, Morocco to as far as East Turkistan and China. Dala'il al -Khayrat has inspired calligraphers, illuminators and painters of court ateliers in producing sumptuous illustrated and illuminated manuscripts. These manuscripts reveal the history and the diverse art form of the Islamic World.
The colour red has a strong affiliation with China and it has played an important role in Chinese culture for centuries.
The colour remains significant to the Chinese today. It is the primary colour on the flag of People's Republic of China and the colour is seen everywhere during the Lunar New Year.
Most objects in the collection at the Museum of East Asian Art are of Chinese origin. Many are decorated with red colours, including ceramics, lacquerware, prints and paintings. This exhibition presents the materials used to produce red colours, explains the symbolism of the colour red and explores the rapid advancement of red wares during the Ming dynasty(1368-1644)
This exhibition celebrates the art of nyona needlework, a vibrant part of Peranakan Chinese heritage. Spectacular curtains and hangings, deliate purses, handerchiefs, and slippers were painstakingly stitched with tiny beads, silk, and gold and silver threads for special occasions and as gifts.
Some of the finese examples of nyonya needlework, from the peranakan Museum and major international collections, will be displayed. Visitors can discover the ingenuity and skill embedded in the art, the importance of tradition, and the innovations inspired by the dynamic, multicultural environment of the region.