Traditional Malaysian crafts and where to learn them
Batik painting workshop with Batik Boutique
While batik originated from Indonesia, the textile art found its way into our country and taken on a form that is quite unique to Malaysia with more organic motifs of leaves and flowers. Explore the process of batik with an artisan at Batik Boutique, and take home your very own personalised batik at the end of the day.
For more information on Batik Boutique, visit the website.
Mask carving, leaf origami and pandan leaf weaving at Mah Meri Cultural Village
Located on Pulau Carey Island, Mah Meri Cultural Village is an Orang Asli village that promotes the culture of the Mah Meri, a subgroup of the Senoi people who live along the coast of South Selangor. One can visit to learn about the tribe's distinct culture and traditions, and even pick up one of their traditional crafts.
For more information on Mah Meri Cultural Village, visit the website.
Make your own pewter at Royal Selangor
Founded in 1885, Royal Selangor (known as Selangor Pewter back then) is one of the rare establishments that has stood the test of time, even becoming an export and local pride of sorts specialising in pewter creations. At the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, craft your own pewter dish using traditional tools at the School of Hard Knocks, or cast, polish and decorate your own pewter creation at The Foundry—read about our experience with the latter here.
For more information on Royal Selangor, visit the website.
Pick up a traditional dance with ASK Dance Company
Just recently opened—and officiated by Tun Dr Siti Hasmah no less—ASK Dance Company's Malaysian Dance Centre offers a diverse variety of dance classes, from contemporary and hip hop, to traditional genres like Malay classical dance, Bharatanatyam and Chinese dance. Many of the instructors are well-established local performers who have honed their craft at Aswara, so you know you're in good hands.
For more information on ASK Dance Company, visit the website.
Wayang Kulit workshop at Muzium & Galeri Tuanku Fauziah, USM Penang
Next time you're in Penang, make time between all the food hunting and head to USM to explore the ancient art of entertainment and storytelling that is wayang kulit with an experienced puppeteer. The 3-hour workshop includes tracing, cutting, carving and colouring your own shadow puppet character, and bringing it to life with in a shadow puppet music class.
For more information on the workshop, visit this website.