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Malaysia Handicrafts - Mengkuang


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Mengkuang (screwpine leaves) or pandanus weaving is one of the traditional arts still very much alive and its products are still in demand.

Mengkuang (Pandanus odoratissimus), is a huge pandan-like plant that grows along the back mangroves and also found in the local jungles. The fruits can be eaten, and leaves may be used to weaving

Weaving used to be a leisurely pastime of coastal village women in the east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia during the rainy months. Today, it is a thriving cottage industry. The tall, thorny leaves of the pandanus or mengkuang are collected, boiled, dyed and made into colourful gift boxes, mats, beach bags, hats, fans, purses, and slippers

Mengkuang weaving usually practiced by womenfolk in the rural kampung areas. The process requires patience, skill and dedication.
The leaves after having stripped of its thorns, are first are split into long strands, soaked and dried in the sun. Once dried, it is boiled and dyed with vegetable colours.

It is then woven according to the required designs. The design of motifs or kelarai is usually based on plant, flora and fauna and even animals

Looking at the material and shape of the woven products, initially the craft is created with emphasis is on usage more than anything else. As skills developed, this concept has changed, especially the art of weaving mats, where several types of kelarai are made into decorative pieces. Skill is needed to make kelarai and the experts in this art have begun to realize the concept of beauty and aesthetics. Kelarai or ragi are named and shaped after flowers, bamboo as well as other rural elements or pursuits

The numerous items made are both unique and eye-catching. Being decorative as well as useful, the items are excellent purchase be it for self or as gifts for weddings, souvenirs and ornamental hand-outs
 



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