THIRTY Penang artisans were featured in a three-year documentary project by George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) and Image Farm Productions.
Titled The Artisans and Practitioners of George Town, the RM795,000 project documented the working lives of the artisans who perfected their trades and craft over the years.
They are watchmakers, electroplaters, optometrists, a canvas and leather goods maker, rattan craftsmen, a trishaw maker, joss stick makers, a tailor, mahjong tile makers, shoemakers, a songkok maker, goldsmiths, laundry service providers, a Chinese physician and a Quran publisher.
The videos were shown to the public at a five-hour free screening event at the Majestic Theatre.
The event was part of GTWHI’s 10th anniversary celebration of George Town’s listing as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng had earlier launched the event.
GTWHI general manager Dr Ang Ming Chee said the project was aimed at documenting the processes of the artisans and craftsmen to ensure the trades were not lost through time.
“Our team is determined to make a comprehensive effort to safeguard our communities, artisans and traders.
“These unsung heroes and heroines have dedicated their lives to refining their skills, thus providing their services and goods to the local community and travellers from all over the world,” she said.
Dr Ang added that everyone could play an important role in safeguarding George Town’s cultural heritage.
She encouraged them to show their support and appreciation by buying products made by artisans.
The videos will be made available at the GTWHI Interpretative Centre at a later date.