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Hari Kraf Kebangsaan, 26 February 2024

We visited Hari Kraf Kebangsaan on February 26, 2024, at about 1 PM. Like the previous year, this year’s theme was also called Kraf Identiti Malaysia, if we’re not mistaken. The visit was fun, and we learned a lot.

The event featured 640 entrepreneurs covering various fields of craftsmanship, including textiles, metalwork, forest and earth-based products, and more. We had the opportunity to closely observe various demonstrations, such as weaving, carving, and handmade works by IKN students.

Visitors could also witness demonstrations of craftsmanship from China, Uzbekistan, India, and Thailand. Additionally, there were interactive programs for children, including batik colouring, shaping, and ceramic painting.

In addition to sales, there were exhibitions focusing on Tokoh Kraf Negara 2024, Standard Kraftangan Malaysia, Kraf Komuniti Ku (KKK), Pavilion Institut Kraf Negara (IKN), Produk Kraf Baharu, and Adiguru Kraf. They were all interesting. But these were three booths whose craftsmanship, stories, and products caught our eyes.

First, Xiapism. Discovering mangrove natural dye by chance, Joan and Beng delved into its use in a fisherman village in Pontian. In the past, fishermen used mangrove natural dye to strengthen their jute fishing nets, making them tougher and last longer.

But once nylon fishing nets came around, this method was forgotten. They learned this forgotten technique from locals and thus Xiapism was born, offering sustainable products ranging from bags to clothing.

Second, Lizza Creations, a local business rooted in passion and cultural heritage. Founded by Rosliza Muhammad in 1994, a talented artist with a degree in Textile Design, she honed her skills under Malaysian Batik expert Wan Nong Ahmad.

The brand has since flourished under Rosliza’s expertise. Lizza Creations has produced thousands of exceptional Batik pieces that have been worn by dignitaries and enthusiasts alike, spanning from Malaysia to Singapore and Brunei.

Last but not least, tekat. I’ve covered and wrote one article about tekat embroiderer in Kuala Kangsar before. Glad that we saw Mardziah and other tekat embroiderers at the event. And they were all from Kuala Kangsar, Perak.

Thank you for reading. Can’t wait for the next one next year. More pictures on Facebook and Reels on Instagram. Like and follow us there for more stories on all things people, food, interesting places, and handicrafts of Malaysia.

Batik Sarung Velvet Turquoise (Noor Arfa)

This luxurious Velvet FcMicro fabric comes in a soft pastel Turquoise and features an exclusive floral pattern. Measuring 2 meters by 45 inches, it is perfect for making elegant skirts, stylish blouses, traditional kurung attire, and beautiful dresses. Made in Terengganu by Noor Arfa, a brand well-known for its high-quality batiks in Malaysia since 1980. Care Instructions: Hand wash or machine wash in a cloth bag; do not bleach or soak.
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Batik Sarung Velvet Dusty Purple (Noor Arfa)

This luxurious Velvet FcMicro fabric comes in a soft pastel Dusty Purple and features an exclusive floral pattern. Measuring 2 meters by 45 inches, it is perfect for making elegant skirts, stylish blouses, traditional kurung attire, and beautiful dresses. Made in Terengganu by Noor Arfa, a brand well-known for its high-quality batiks in Malaysia since 1980. Care Instructions: Hand wash or machine wash in a cloth bag; do not bleach or soak.
RM37.00

Mengkuang Regent Tote

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RM55.00

Mengkuang Grande Tote - Dark Brown

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Versatile Ceramic Gift

Elegance meets versatility with our Versatile Ceramic Gift. A finely crafted piece that seamlessly blends traditional craftsmanship with modern gifting possibilities. This product draws inspiration from the timeless artistry of labu sayong. Each piece reflects the rich cultural heritage and artisanal expertise that goes into its creation.
RM4.00

Two-Tiered Rattan Onion Rack

The two-tier design allows for ample storage, while the open-air construction allows for air circulation, keeping your onions fresh and preventing them from spoiling quickly. Plus, the compact size of the rack means it can fit easily on your countertop or in your pantry.
RM75.00

Rectangular Rattan Basket - Big

The sturdy construction and versatile design make them perfect for carrying produce, groceries, or household items. The natural texture and finish of the rattan add a touch of comfort and relaxation to your décor.
RM70.00

Mengkuang Tote Bag Corak Satu - Variation Two

This Mengkuang Tote Bag pairs well with any outfit, whether it's for work or a night out. It's the perfect statement piece that's guaranteed to turn heads.
RM65.00

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