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Kelantan ~ Crafts


• An Introduction • Kota Bahru • Places & Beaches • Eco & Waterfalls • Culture • Crafts •
• Sg. Nenggiri & Caves •  Japanese Invasion • Kelantan Map •


Within Kelantan, a thriving cottage industry produces extremely fine batik material and paintings, exquisite gold and silverware, intricate wood carvings and beautiful “kain songket” (cloth woven from gold and silver threads). Leather working and mat weaving from pandanus leaves are also local trades.



Handicraft Village and Craft Museum
Kelantan's exquisite range of handicrafts is on display here. Silverware, "songket", batik and woodcarvings are exhibited and are for sale as well.
Opening hours: 10.30 am - 5.45 pm daily except Fridays


Songket Factory
Songket, aptly dubbed Malaysia's "cloth of gold", is a proud legacy of the
Kelantan and Pattani courts. Once strictly reserved for royalty, songket' is now used for ceremonial occasions and weddings.

Richly woven with gold or silver threads, songket was the dramatic consequence of the region's early trade with China (which supplied the silk) and India 
(gold and silver threads).
Location: Kampun Penambang, about 4 km north of Kota Bharu,
en route to Pantai Cahaya Bulan (PCB)




Batik Factory
Batik Printing Batik is indigenous to Kelantan. The first cotton sarongs were printed using the stamp block method but since then newer methods and different materials have been employed. A visit to the batik factory gives an insight into the entire process of batik printing.
Location: Some of the bigger factories are at Kampung Puteh,
Kubor Kuda and Kampung Badang.
Open between 8.30 am - 5.00 pm everyday except Fridays.




Kite (Wau) Making
Kelantan is the home of giant kites that soar through the air with nary a care in the world. Kite-flying usually takes place after the harvest when farmers have time on their hands to fashion and fly these wau. There are many different types wau kuching (cat kite), wau merak (peacock kite), wau bulan (moon kite) to name a few. Kite-making requires tremendous skill and patience.

 The art is usually handed down from father to son. Along the road to Pantai Cahaya Bulan, there are many such establishments producing these gaily-decorated kites.


Kelantan Silver
Kelantan silver is renowned for its intricacy of design and superior workmanship. Silversmiths use two kinds of techniques - filigree and
repousse. Items range from the functional to the purely ornamental and include fruit bowls, tea sets, ash trays, brooches and bracelets.
You can visit the silvercraft factory at Kampung Sireh (along Jalan Sultanah Zainab), Kampung Marak or at Kampung Badang on the road to Pantai Cinta Berahi.
Open from 8.30 am to 5.00 pm daily except Fridays.


 
 

 

 

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