Kaw’s handpainted tiffin carriers are not just pretty, they are eco-friendly too. — Photos: AZMAN GHANI/ The Star
ARTISAN Christina Kaw’s gorgeous hand-painted tiffin carriers stand out because they showcase her proud Peranakan heritage and the vibrant colours of Malacca, but the best part about them is that they are eco-friendly.
“The tiffin trend is picking up, now, as people are more environment-conscious and want to do their part by using sustainable containers for their food,” said the 47-year-old, whose day job is in the property line.
Kaw, who works on the items during the weekends, said a hand-painted tiffin carrier takes her about a month to complete as the multi-layered paints need sufficient time to dry to avoid chipping and cracking.
Her two-tiered tiffin carrier is priced from RM75, while four-tiered ones can cost RM169.
Meanwhile, if you fancy high-quality, bespoke hand-stitched leather pouches, purses, or bags without breaking the bank, Eisua Esui is the go-to woman.
The 38-year-old homemaker makes premium leather goods from cow and goat leather.
“Everything is hand-stitched and the materials are sourced locally and also from Bangkok,” said Esui, whose work is meticulous despite having started leather-making only two years ago.
The Kedah native sells a range of leather-made goods starting from RM25 for small items like card holders. She also makes family passport holders and customised bags.
Both Kaw and Esui are members of the 63,000-strong Caring Moms group, an online platform for mothers to buy and sell goods and services.
Caring Moms is curating a women’s speciality bazaar at Star Media Group’s WOW – Women do Wonders – event from 9.30am to 7pm on Sunday, March 26, at SEGi University Kota Damansara, Selangor.
It will run concurrently with a talk featuring Malaysian women trailblazers and a showcase by Hong Kong veteran artiste Maria Cordero.
Other speakers include AirAsia X Bhd chairman Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, AirAsia Bhd chief executive officer Aireen Omar, and producer-actress Puan Sri Tiara Jacquelina. AirAsia is Star Media Group’s partner for WOW, a month-long celebration of women.
The bazaar will feature more than 90 handpicked vendors showcasing a selection of artisanal products, handcrafted keepsakes and homemade delicacies.
One of the vendors is Phei Ven Wong, who will entice with her homemade garlic cheese spread, dark ginger sugar and yogurt melts.
Meanwhile, homebaker Sundri Ramesh will be offering her unique saree cakes, henna cupcakes and eggless vegetarian cakes.
She will have “surprise gifts” for ladies wearing red on the day.
Yet to register for the talk? Sign up fast at thestar.com.my/wow/.
Talk participants stand a chance to win 66,000 AirAsia BIG Points, which can be redeemed for two return flight tickets to Krabi, Hanoi or Lombok.