HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS SULTAN AHMAD SHAH OF PAHANG LAUNCHED THE BOOK 'TENUN PAHANG DIRAJA; WARISAN, TRADISI DAN FALSAFAH' ON 20 JUNE 2013 AT ROYALE CHULAN HOTEL IN KUALA LUMPUR.
The entire House of Pahang attended except Her Royal Highness Sultanah Kalsom who was unwell.
The exhibition, gala dinner, fashion show, cultural dance and book launch was graced by His Royal Highness Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Abu Bakar of Pahang who consented and granted the term 'DiRaja' meaning 'Royal' to 'Tenun Pahang' which is the fabric now registered as the proprietary rights exclusive to 'Tenun Pahang DiRaja' so no one and no other state can use this term.
The book and preservation of this ancient art of weaving was spearheaded by the Crown Princess of Pahang Her Highness Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Sultan Iskandar who is a Johore princess.
"I was inspired by my beloved husband Tengku Abdullah who encouraged me to preserve the art of tenun weaving," said Tengku Puan Pahang. "When we started, we discovered sadly there were only 15 weavers left and all were in Pekan, the royal town of Pahang.
"The art of weaving tenun was in critical condition as young women were disinclined to learn how to weave as they prefered modern jobs like working in factories. I saw this artform was on the verge of extinction as tenun is considered the pride of Pahang. So we must thank my husband Tengku Mahkota Pahang and the Ministry of Culture who helped my team so much."
The Pahang Crown Prince and Crown Princess then approached the Sultan of Pahang who consented to brand the fabric as 'Tenun Pahang DiRaja' with the usage of his personal crest.
"His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang granted this royal privilege on 8 MAy 2006,' recalled Tengku Puan Pahang reverentially. "We are so grateful to the Sultan of Pahang for bestowing this honour.
"We have registered this as our intellectual property so no other state can claim tenun Pahang as their own."
THE PHOTOS BELOW ARE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER WITH THE ARRIVAL OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE SULTAN OF PAHANG, SULTAN AHMAD MUADZAM SHAH SULTAN SIR ABU BAKAR AND RECEIVED BY HER HIGHNESS TENGKU PUAN PAHANG, TUNKU AZIZAH SULTAN ISKANDAR.
All photos taken by KEE HUA CHEE with Leica limited edition camera given to him by Her Royal Highness Sultanah Kalsom of Pahang, consort to His Royal Highness
The Sultan of Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Sir Abu Bakar examining stunning examples of Tenun Pahang DiRaja the Royal Fabric of Pahang
Tengku Puan Pahang explaining the details to her father-in-law the Sultan of Pahang
HH Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Tengku Abdullah pointing to the royal fabric as Tengky Muhaini and Tengku Meriam, daughters of the Sultan of Pahang, look on
His Royal Highness Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang wore a splendid suit of Tenun Pahang DiRaja
Dato Ong Hong Peng, Chief Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Culture stands behind the Sultan of Pahang
The Pahang Sultan watching a tenun weaver
YAM Tengku Muhaini Sultan Ahmad Shah
Datuk Dr Ong Hong Peng with Sultan of Pahang
A token of appreciation to the Sultan of Pahang
His Royal Highness the Sultan of Pahang taking his seat to begin the evening
Standing to attention as the state anthem of Pahang was played
The Royal Table
The Sultan of Pahang with the future Sultan and Tengku Ampuan of Pahang
Dancers sembah to the Sultan of Pahang and his family
Examples of products made of Tenun Pahang Diraja
I wanted to buy the topmost bag but it had been sold to the Sultan of Pahang!
The first fashion show by Rodziah Yusuf of Kraftangan
Models sembah to the Sultan of Pahang
Jovian Mandagie collection
HH Tengku Puan Pahang making her speech to thank the Sultan of Pahang and her husband the Crown Prince of Pahang