Batik comes in all hues and colors. Batik apparels and batik prints as above for decorative purposes take a major portion of the exhibitions display area. As always products from the east coast states are in the larger proportion though new works from Langkawi get the pull too.
It was another grand open house for visitors to the National Craft Show at Kompleks Kraft Kuala Lumpur situated at Jalan Conlay from 27 March till 7 April 2008. Visitors and tourists alike have a field day admiring the local artworks exhibited and crafted at site. It seems every state in Malaysia has its representation with of course the eastern states of Trengganu and Kelantan as always occupy more booths and have greater presentation and works on display. Almost all the exhibits are for sale and you will need a large car boots if you wish to cart home some of the exciting and ethnic displays. Of course after signing a few credit card receipts. This time around the organisers had credit card corners ready to take payment.
Sabah and Sarawak appear to come back with greater artworks and their works are distinctive of the two states. Collectors or buyers are fortunate in not having to cross the South China Sea to purchase such items. They are now at the door- steps to speak literally.
Whenever we are in the city and this being an opportune time, we would not miss the opportunity. At previous visits I had looked for 'kris' makers and naturally came to know a few who worked deftly with their hands and produced exquisite works. A few of their works have become my collection pieces. Not this time around.
We spent time looking and admiring the displays. The pieces that attracted our attention are many but the few that got caught on the lenses are here to be shared together. Maybe you will try to keep the date with Kraft Malaysia when it has its open day the next time around. We need to support our crafts and its continuance.
Rattan crafts from Pahang such as this would add to your home decor. At this stall you will see the craftsman making it right in front of your eyes. You could sit alongside him and get all the info regarding its production.
Quail Traps (Jebak Puyuh).
In time when quail trapping was a pastime, quail traps took exquisite features with great emphasis on choice of quality wood and items used. Woodcarvers then were encouraged by the needs and desire of the royal courts to possess works of art. They therefore explore possibilities of rare materials and accomplished designs. Thus artifacts of beauty and artistry were produced and became collectors' pieces. It is comforting that such items continue to emerge as luxury now. Bird cages, bird traps, hand weapons ( kris), musical instruments, basket works and intricate wood carvings take precedent amongst the exhibits. Their prices are still within the realm of many and it would be regrettable if you miss bringing home a piece or two.
This is a musical instrument 'gambus' by name.
It is a string instrument and producing sound and music typical of the middle east. The 'gambus' and the 'kompang' appear to have strong roots in Johore and we hope to see more of these in the coming exhibits. I would love to get one not for wanting to strum its cords but for its extraordinary shape.
Due to its popularity and touristic attraction, it has been suggested that the annual exhibit will now coincide with the tourists visitation time to Malaysia and not in the early part of the year coinciding with the school term break. It will certainly be bargaining time and a sure push to all the craftsmen to produce their best in terms of quality and quantity too next year.