HH the Crown Prince of Pahang, HRH the Sultan of Pahang and HH the Crown Princess of Pahang
Well done! The winner is ecstatic as the Sultan of Pahang shows his approval
THE SULTAN OF PAHANG, HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS SULTAN AHMAD SHAH SULTAN SIR ABU BAKAR GRACIOUSLY CONSENTED TO THE USAGE OF HIS ROYAL CREST FOR THE STATE FABRIC 'TENUN PAHANG DIRAJA' IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LAUNCH OF A BOOK ON THIS ARTFORM.
The fashion event, exhibition and extravaganza was the brainchild of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Pahang who noted there were only 15 weavers left in Pekan in 2005.
In her speech, Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Sultan Iskandar thanked her father-in-law the Sultan of Pahang and her husband Tengku Andullah for inspiring and encouraging her and her team to raise awareness and funds for building a craft centre and school to propagate the art of weaving tenun, now given the seal of approval with the personal crest of the Sultan of Pahang.
Said the Crown Princess of Pahang, "The 15 weavers just sat on the floor to create their masterpieces. I want to develop this fabric to be internationally famous like Jim Thompson of Thailand.
"I think the future of Tenun Pahang DiRaja is bright as there are now 200 weavers! We have developed a proper syllabus and trained weavers so they can continue making tenun while earning a decent income.
"Some are from correctional institutions so I call them my Jailhouse Rock team of weavers!" said the irrepressible Crown Princess of Pahang to applause from the audience.
"I am proud that these inmates have discovered a hidden talent which is being recognised tonight. Some of the fabrics you see tonight were woven while they were serving their term."
The Sultan of Pahang listened intently as his daughter-in-law spoke passionately about the royal textile that now carries his royal insignia.
As Tengku Puan Pahang returned to her seat, the Sultan of Pahang clapped and honoured her by standing to congratulate his daughter-in-law! What an honour! And Tengku Puan Pahang deserved it as she and her team had worked indefatigably for months to produce such a sensational evening!
ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY KEE HUA CHEE WITH HIS LEICA CAMERA GIVEN TO HIM BY HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE SULTANAH OF PAHANG, SULTANAH KALSOM
Tengku Puan Pahang making her speech
His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang on his way to the stage to launch the book and initiate the state textile
The Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, YTM Tengku Abdullah assisting his royal father
The Sultan of Pahang complimenting Tengku Puan Pahang for a job well done
The Sultan of Pahang looking at the cover of the book on Tenun Pahang DiRaja
The Sultan of Pahang opening the first page of the giant mock-up of the book
His Royal Highness autographs the page to signify the launch of the book on Tenun Pahang DiRaja
Farid the author in green looks on
The Sultan of Pahang examining the actual book
Tengku Puan Pahang thanking his Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang
The 3rd prize winner was supposed to receive RM 3,000 cash but at the last minute the generous Sultan of Pahang doubled it to RM 6,000 by personally donating the additional RM 3,000! A gift from the Pahang Sultan!
The second prize of RM 5,000 was similarly doubled to RM 10,000 with a personal gift from the Sultan of Pahang
The winner Mohd Zaidi Hassan won RM 14,000 with RM 7,000 coming from the Sultan of Pahang
Well done! The Pahang Sultan shows his approval
What an honour! The Sultan of Pahang helps carry the champion's trophy!
The Sultan of Pahang stops to chat with the Japanese contingent
The Sultan of Pahang and Datuk Raziah Mahmud Geneid of Sarawak
Cultural dance from Pahang
Tenun fashion collection by Datin Sharifah Kirana
Datin Sharifah Kirana sembah to the Pahang Sultan and family
Tenun collection by Dato Rizalman Ibrahim
Dato Rizalman Ibrahim appears on stage with a surprise guest---Tengku Puan Pahang who collaborated with him for this collection! A royal touch for the collection named 'Pahang Princess With an Edge'!
Rodziah Mohd Yusuf of Kraftangan and the rest of the designers were called on stage for a grand line-up
Rodziah Mohd Yusuf
Datin Sharifah Kirana
Grand line-up before the Sultan of Pahang