Malaysian Craft Promotion 2011

June 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Hand-crafted items, be it for decorative or functional purposes, are often a sight to behold. A simple looking piece of craft, for example the wood pieces with Holy Quranic inscriptions that are often used in Malay households may take up to four or five days to complete it. Its intricate carvings and designs are usually distinctive and will differ slightly from region to region. Often, the knowledge and the know-how that goes into creating these wonderful hand-crafted items are passed down from generation to generation. Sadly, this knowledge is fast fading into the background as more of the younger generation do not realise or see the importance of mastering it.

If traditional art and craft items piques your interest, head on to the Malaysian Craft Promotion 2011 that will be held at Lintasan Deasoka, Kota Kinabalu City Hall, Sabah this coming 25th June till 4th July 2011. This event is organised by the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation in cooperation with the Kota Kinabalu City Hall and will see a host of activities aimed at promoting Malaysian handicrafts at a domestic level. Some of the activities that will be held during the event includes sales of handicraft items made from manufacturers from all over Malaysia, a craft demonstration, an exhibition of new items and cultural performances.

National Craft Day 2011

Carvings like these may look simple, but it may take at least three to four days to make it look so beautiful

Visitors can also purchase the traditional hand-crafted items that will be displayed there. As the event is open to businessmen from all over Malaysia, one can expect to find a wide range of merchandise for sale at the expo made from all sorts of medium – clay, nature-based materials and metal. Joint efforts between the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation and an entrepreneur from Kampung Damai Kota Marudu resulted in a successful creation of making paper from a certain type of wild forest yam will also be highlighted during the expo. For the lovely ladies who are keen on owning beautiful pieces of batik, they will be delighted to know that the event will also see a group of textile entrepreneurs parading their masterpieces at the Malaysian Craft Promotion. They will also be able to get it fitted and tailored according to their liking on the spot as there will be two seamstresses stationed at the expo throughout the whole event.

So do remember to make a date with the Malaysian Craft Promotion 2011 at Lintasan Deasoka, Kota Kinabalu City Hall, Sabah from the 25th June till 4th July 2011 to catch some of the country’s best traditional hand-crafted items on display. The sale and exhibition of craft will be open from 9.00 am till 10.00 pm daily, whereas the Interactive Craft will be held from 2.00 pm till 9.00 pm. Cultural performances are scheduled to performed on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 am till 10.00 pm. For any enquiries, please contact Kraftangan Malaysia Cawangan Sabah at 088 433461/423471 or log on to

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