The National Craft Day 2017 promises to be a grand and bright fête for lovers of local craftwork, where a host of activities await visitors.
The 15th instalment of the event will run at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex at Jalan Conlay for 13 days, starting from 22 February until 6 March.
Themed Kraf Menjana Ekonomi (Craft Generates Economy), the event this time around will see the participation of 400 craft entrepreneurs nationwide.
Datuk Ab Ghaffar (second from left) poses for a photo after the press conference announcing the National Craft Day 2017.
“The theme is in line with empowering the economic sustenance of local communities through encouraging their efforts in producing craftwork and items. This will simulate the nation’s economy through a trickle-down effect,” said Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Datuk Ab Ghaffar A Tambi.
‘Native Art’ is chosen as the concept for new craft development in 2017. Each craft product on display will portray unique traditional characteristics in their colour, design, and function.
Textiles, metal products, sculpted wood, clay and woven products are among the wares that will be available for display and purchase.
An instalment in the exhibition that is expected to garner plenty of excitement is the presentation and sale of newly developed craft products. They include batik in three layers of colours, nicknamed ‘Madu 3’, and models of resort homes/chalets made of wood and carved/modelled in native architectural styles.
Visitors will be able to browse and choose an array of unique local craft products.
Craft-making demonstrations will be among the more interesting segment. Visitors can witness the creation of items such as the kris or keris (a traditional dagger).
A segment aptly named ‘Kids Fun Block’ will allow children an opportunity to design and colour their own batik motifs.
Cultural performances and cooking demos featuring traditional recipes complete the concept of the exhibition.
A grand opening ceremony will commence on 23 February. The event will be launched by the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Activities start at 10.00 am and end at 10.00 pm. Admission is free. For details, visit www.kraftangan.gov.my.