THIS Saturday, plan a visit to Central Market Kuala Lumpur — there are many surprises in store! Central Market (or CM as it’s fondly known) will hold a Craft Celebration that aims to promote the nation’s traditional and modern crafts. The event hopes to especially entice young Malaysians and foreign visitors.
There will be exhibitions and demonstrations. Local craft products such as batik, native embroidery, handweaving, Malay kites (wau), pottery, songket and wood carvings will be on sale.
Visitors can try their hand at creating the various types of crafts at the event.
“We provide a friendly platform for Look out for the mah meri tribal art and dance at 3.30pm and 4.15pm this Saturday.
Participate in batik-making from 11am onwards.
visitors to experience various craft activities such as batik drawing and colouring, weaving of ratan, mengkuang (pine) and pandan leaves, shaping a labu sayong (a gourd-shaped clay pitcher) and and sewing intricate embroidery from Perak. Modern crafts made of paper, pressed flowers, coconut shell and more will be showcased as well,” says complex manager Cheong Wai Mun.
Visitors can join a batik pareo and scarf tutorial.
“We will be collaborating with iM4U volunteers to make 100 kites to be hung at the event, encouraging visitors to take part in creating designs together and to write their messages on the craft pieces,” adds Cheong.
The award-winning Central Market Kuala Lumpur has been an important centre for promoting Malaysian arts and handicraft products that reflect local culture. A famed tourist attraction, it also showcases cultural and heritage events for visitors, foreign and local.
Craft Celebration also offers scheduled stage performances with entertaining craft elements including the songket dance, wau bulan dance, patendu patende, mah meri dance, and borneo dance besides a show of the angklung (a traditional bamboo music instrument) and the gamelan (a bronze percussion instrument).
“Visitors can dance together with the performers,” says Cheong.
The event is a collaboration with the National Textile Museum, National Craft Institute, Jabatan Pembangunan Wanita (Women’s Development Department), Tunas Tari, Mah Meri Cultural Village, Gerai OA, IIUM Angklung Club, Gamelan Slendro, Laman Kraf Tani, Han Papercut, Miss Banana Doodle and a number of Central Market tenants.
It is free and will be held at the Central Market Outdoor Stage from 11am to 6pm.
This Saturday, Central Market Kuala Lumpur holds a Craft Celebration.