National Craft Day–Artisans
Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation is the organization in Malaysia (an agency under The Ministry of Information Communication and Culture) that promotes the Malaysian crafts.
It is important to keep our local culture alive by creating awareness and support.
When was the last time you play ‘gasing’ or ‘layang-layang’?
There are few booths promoting the east coast giant ‘gasing’, spinning-top game that is fun.
Many artisans from all over Malaysia has been invited to this 2-week craft festival.
There are many artisans stationed at the complex (Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur) where visitors can participate in artworks.
If you like artworks and handicrafts, the National Craft Day 2012 is a not to be missed event (free admission).
From wood works to metal works, you can meet and interact with the artisans.
It was rewarding for us to spend few hours and immersed ourselves in the creative atmosphere.
Part of the reason was for the authentic local food (cooks come from different states in Malaysia).
While you are visiting the temporary tents, do visit the incumbent artisans in the huts too.
There are no shortage of creative artists stationed at the craft complex.
There were few artists of Chinese, Indians and other races.
You can find the making of lion head (for lion dance) at the exhibition.
There are 500 participating craft merchants and artisans. Too many to showcase all of them.
Do pick up a brochure (with map and schedule) to take note of various cultural performances and craft competitions to be held from 21 March to 2 April 2012. If you are travel by car, please take note of the limited parking. Organizer had arrange ample parking lots and arrange shuttle services for the visitors. My advise is always to reach the venue before it opens, you will always enjoy more with less stress.
A big compliment to the organizer for keeping Malaysian’s craft alive and passing on to the next generation.