The spirit of Raya is alive and well at these shopping centres

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Aug 2012

Careful now: Georgiana Tan (sitting right), 24, trying her hand at pottery under the guidance of Mohd Azman Sanin, 43.

SHOPPERS be warned. Be prepared to venture into a different world when you visit fahrenheit88.

In the spirit of Raya and with the Moroccan-inspired theme in hand, the shopping centre has been transformed into a Moroccan Souk Market with a festive bazaar offering arts and crafts demonstrations and live performances.

The shopping centre is sure to evoke the festive spirit in you with the decorations set in place; the strings of Moroccan lanterns hanging, the displays of palm trees and Moroccan ceramic vases and the draperies and bejewelled panels around the bazaar tents.

The bazaar features a good mix of modern and traditional items, with booths selling clothes, accessories, crafts and weaved baskets.

With the support of Kraftangan Malaysia, the event is aimed at promoting Malaysian arts and traditions,

Local and foreign guests are invited to witness and participate in the making of ceramic pottery, rattan weaving and batik painting from now until Aug 23.

This has proven to be a hit so far, especially among foreign guests who get to experience first Malaysian culture and traditions.

One of the booths at the bazaar is PD Batik that offers customers the opportunity to try their hand at batik painting.

Step-by-step instructions and explanations are given to ensure that even first-timers are able to enjoy their experience creating beautiful and colourful works of batik.

Designer Rosilawati Maabar explained the concept behind the company, stating that interaction between the staff and customers was the key that makes their business unique.

Just across fahrenheit88 is Pavilion, which has also been transformed according to their theme “Blooming Raya.”

With blossoming gardens filled with a wide array of orchids, bougainvilleas and other beautiful flowers, Pavilion is the perfect backdrop for guests to wander and indulge in photo opportunities.

Not to be outdone by the floral fiesta down below, there are also several colourful wau hanging from the centre court ceiling.

Measuring an impressive 20ft by 18ft, each individual wau was handmade by Shafie Jusoh and his team.

It took them three weeks to complete the project.

With 40 years of experience under his belt, Shafie’s passion for wau-making was evident as this self-taught craftsman took pride in creating beautiful wau with intricate details.

Shafie said that the tradition of wau-making in Malaysia was an important one that should be continued.

Those interested in the art of wau-making would be glad to know that demonstrations and workshops will be held at Pavilion, alongside batik-making, craft workshops by Kraftangan Malaysia, orchid exhibitions by the Orchid Society of Selangor and Federal Territory and other exciting and educational activities that will be happening until Aug 23.

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