Royal Pahang Weaving
Tenun Pahang can be said to have had a foothold in Pahang since the 17th century AD. This fabric weaving style is believed to have originated from the Bugis and was introduced by a Bugis dignitary, a master silk weaver named Keraing Aji or Tok Tuan, as he was called. Tok Tuan pioneered and taught all his technical skills and unique method of weaving when he was residing in Kampung Mengkasar, Pekan. He can be considered as the founder of the Tenun industry in the state of Pahang after he successfully built and developed this industry until it grew in importance and was enthusiastically accepted by many in Pahang at that time. Now, it can be said that Tenun Pahang reflects the traditional life, myths, religion, taboos as well as certain rites of the Pahang in days of yore. The woven cloth has now flourished into a fine textile meant specifically for the Istana. It is now known as Royal Tenun Pahang with the title ‘Royal’ aptly bestowed on it because it is considered a symbol of eminence that reflects the aesthetics and tastes of the wearer.