SIBU: Fatiah Wahid sells 100 bundles of ketupat casings daily these few days at her stall in the central market.
Demand for the items has been overwhelming as Muslims prepare a festive spread which includes the traditional ketupat for Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which is expected to fall on July 6.
Like others, she sells six ketupat casings for RM1. The casing is made by weaving together palm leaves.
In order to meet strong demand for the product, she has to rope in her son, Mohd Sapree, a Form 4 student, to help her.
“He will help me out when he is not in school, usually during the weekend.
“If he is at school, I will be here doing all these alone,” said Fatiah, 42.
StarMetro saw the brisk sale of her ketupat casings yesterday. Fatiah takes less than three minutes to weave each one.
“I have been selling this for the past six years. I learned the skill from my late mother Rajakyah Manrud,” Fatiah said.
It took her only a day to learn the skill. She is good at weaving various types of casings which include ketupat satay, ketupat jarin, ketupat lepas and ketupat jantung.
A check yesterday saw there were a number of stalls selling the item.
Ketupat or rice cakes wrapped in woven palm leave pouches is must-have in Muslim home during Hari Raya. It is usually eaten with rendang, opor ayam, sayur labu (chayote soup), sambal goreng hati (liver in sambal) or served as an accompaniment to satay (chicken or beef or lamb in skewers) and gado-gado (mixed vegetables with peanut sauce).