Wondrous arts & crafts from talented folks September 19, 2008Posted by asianpixmen in Activities, Craft, Culture, Malaysia, People, Places.
Malaysia is a land where talented handicraft folks abound. But unfortunately, most of us seldom get to meet them because they normally do not stay in the city or the suburbs.
Most of these talented people are very much tied to the land. They are the tillers, farmers, fishermen, or just plain riverine or country folks. It’s only during handicraft expositions that some of their creations and works show up.
I have had the great pleasure and honour of seeing and touching some of their fine handicrafts. Tiny little boxes made of natural materials. Batik paintings of astoundingly fine quality and trinklets are made by tired hands long after they have had come home from the padi fields or a small orchard where they grow and harvest only what they need.
We city people are so lucky. In a way, some of us show our appreciation of the diligence of our fellow brethern by buying their handicraft at the prices they desire. One hand helps another, as the old Asian saying goes.