The premium one-stop Malaysian handicraft store, Karyaneka, which opened its doors in the federal administrative capital in April, is the government’s attempt to promote local handicraft.
The initiative by Federal Territories Ministry through Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) in corporation with Karyaneka and Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation is also an effort to promote products made by Putrajaya’s craft community.
PPj president Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim launched the event which was attended by Syarikat Pemasaran Karyaneka Sdn Bhd president Datuk Haslina Abdul Hamid, Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation director-general Ibrahim Ismail and PPj senior vice-president Datuk Omairi Hashim.
“Karyaneka acts as Putrajaya’s community platform to promote their handicraft products,” said Aminuddin.
“This launch is also in preparation of Putrajaya 25 years celebration, its Silver Jubilee next year and Visit Malaysia 2020.
“Statistics show that approximately seven million locals and tourists visit Dataran Putra and 80% of tourists from China visited Karyaneka’s stores.
“In terms of total sales throughout its six months of operations, Karyaneka managed to gain profits of almost RM150,000.”
Karyaneka Putrajaya started operations since April 1 and it is the first handicraft centre in Putrajaya. It is Karyaneka’s 12th store in Malaysia.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry secretary-general Datuk Isham Ishak said Putrajaya was a high-end location for tourists to buy handicrafts made by the B40 community.
“We hope communities from other states will invite Karyaneka to open new stores to promote Malaysian handicraft products,” said Isham.
“I believe tourists want to own handicraft products that are rich with Malaysian aesthetics which they can take home to their country.”
Most of the handicraft products are made of textile, crops and materials of natural resources.
Custom handicrafts made by the Putrajaya community through the “Kraf Komuniti Ku Putrajaya” programme such as travel kits, pillow necks, soft toys, T-shirts, shawls, purses, tote bags and many more are also sold at the store.
Khamisah Jamaluddin, 42, sells handmade shawls, T-shirts, kaftan and blouses made from batik shibori at the Karyaneka shop while Norsuzilawati Ridzwan, 35, who is part of the Putrajaya community, makes soft toys.
“I made nine fish-shaped, 10 owl-shaped and seven mousedeer-shaped soft toys for Karyaneka so far. I hope that my handmade products will gain more success in the future,” said Norsuzilawati.
Aminuddin said there were plans to hold a “Mingguan Khas” programme in the near future with ministry representatives, government agencies and members from private sectors to
witness a showcase of gifts and souvenirs that could be used for the Visit Malaysia 2020 promotion.
Karnayeka also has an online presence that allows customers to purchase Malaysian-made handicrafts such as pewter, woodcarvings, silverware, brassware and Malaysian fabrics like songket and batik.
For details, visit www.karyaneka.my