Traditional Malai arts take center-stage

The director of the center, Mirosnis Bin Hajji Suleiman, underlined that the main aim in organizing such an event is to provide an opportunity to artists who are interested in traditional Malai arts to exhibited their work.

Traditional Malai arts take center-stage

MEHMET OZAY / KUZEY NEWS AGENCY

Malaysian artists had a great chance to introduce their traditional works in an exhibition organized in the country's capital Kuala Lumpur. Wooden souvenirs, iron pieces shaped by heat and historical hand-made products were presented to the visitors in an event called "Traditional Handicraft Arts".

The director of the center, Mirosnis Bin Hajji Suleiman, underlined that the main aim in organizing such an event is to provide an opportunity to artists who are interested in traditional Malai arts to exhibited their work.

"At the same time they have the chance to earn money for their artwork," he noted.



In the exhibition some of the artists revealed their abilities in front of the visitors - some of which were foreigners.

Muhammed Abdullah, who came to the exhibition from the Sergiye Pahang province, said "Wooden products are not simple ones for daily use. Each of them have meanings. For instance, leaves refer to the character of a person. With the animal designs, it is intended to refer protection of nature."

Another artist from the Malaka province, Nur Liza Binti Ahmed, who produced reading lamb, key holder and a necklace made from coconut shells, stated she sells them to her customers in Jordan, India and the US.

"There are long lances among my products. In the past they were used to fish. I have learned this art from my father and will continue doing it," said Muhammed Zeki Bin Hussein, who generates traditional instruments called "lembing, tombak and keris’.

The traditional weapons which have a special place and role in terms of Malai war history was also presented in the exhibition. Producing traditional weapons like badik and parang, Zaini Suwardi said, "For having a strong badik you have to combine seven different kinds of iron in a high temperature of 440 C." 

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