KEPALA BATAS: Hammer and chisel in hand, Badril Shahidan Hashim has been working long hours since the start of Ramadan to meet the high demand for leather chapal (men’s sandals).
Scores of people have been calling at his Jago Gemilang Sdn Bhd shop in Jalan Perak here daily to place orders for chapal for Hari Raya.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had both used his special handmade chapal.
Badril said Abdullah, who had previously bought chapal from his father Hashim Hassan on several occasions, wore a size 43.
“I make 300 pairs of chapal a month. But during the Hari Raya festive season, my orders can shoot up to 2,000 pairs,” he said.
Badril, 25, said he inherited the business last year from his father who decided to call it a day at the age of 80.
He said Hashim learnt the art of making chapal from a few tok guru in Minangkabau and Java.
“The shop was established in 1958. I am still using my father’s 60-year-old hammer and chisel. It broke once due to heavy use but was welded back,” he said.
“I helped out my father at the shop after finishing school in 1998 and slowly learned the trade from him.”
Badril said he would stay up late on Hari Raya eve to fulfil last-minute orders, especially those from close friends.
“I can make a pair of chapal in 45 minutes,” he added.
His chapal are priced between RM28 and RM250 for adults, and at RM18 for children.