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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.

Labu Sayong - Big (Black)

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Tudung Saji - Natural

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Rattan Island Tray - Set of 2

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Midnight by Tiffin Jeiwa

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Labu Sayong Corak Tiga - Medium (Set of 3)

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Mengkuang Purse Small - Pink & Brown

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Tikar Mengkuang

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Labu Sayong - Mini with Floral Motifs (Blue)

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