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, aptly dubbed Malaysia's "cloth of gold", is a proud legacy of
Kelantan and Pattani courts.
Once strictly reserved for royalty,
songket' is now used for ceremonial occasions and weddings.
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 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.
between 8.30 am - 5.00 pm everyday except Fridays.
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
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
Kelantan silver is renowned for its intricacy of design and superior
workmanship. Silversmiths use two kinds of techniques - filigree and
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