Arts & crafts of the country depict its true nature and in fact, characterize its culture. The handicrafts of Malaysia too, boast of its long-established cultural roots that often resemble the mores of its neighboring countries. The multi-cultural feature of this country is reflected in the handicrafts, which are crafted by the local craftsmen. Batik, Songket, Kite Making, Woodcarving, Menkuang, Kris, Boat Making and Rattan Weaving are some of the major crafts shaped in Malaysia.
Batik is an art of dying fabric that was brought to Malaysia by Hindu
traders, centuries ago. In this craft, Designs are first drawn up on
cloth and then, are blocked off with wax outline. Batik has become an
established craft which is commonly used on bags and cushion covers.
Designed in bright colors and patterns, Kites are carefully made in
intricate patterns. Sometimes, floral patterns are also used for its
decoration while paper tassels are joined to give it a complete look.
This established art had been prevalent from the imperial times of the
Since Malaysia is known to be the largest producer of tin, it is
expected that this country must have been utilizing this metal in its
own way. Located near Kuala Lumpur, Royal Selangor Pewter Factory is the
world's largest single manufacturer of fine pewter. The pewter articles
made here are cherished by everyone.
Natural reserves in Malaysia provides ample of materials, ideal for
different types of weaving. Like the thorny vines of rattan tree are
best used for making eco-friendly furniture and the strong fronds of
sago palm are also suitable for crafting. In Borneo, sago is dyed into
different shades and then, woven into artistic jewelry, baskets, hats,
floor mats, etc.
Both, Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia present adroit talent of
wood carving. Moreover, one can see amazingly intricate carvings in
porticos of Malay houses, in the roofs and altars of temples, on the
prows of colorful fishing boats, and in the burial poles and masks of
Sarawak. This oldest craft of the country is best seen in supports,
balustrades, doors, window shutters and furniture.