Motac picks up international award for contributions to local craft sector, other M'sian efforts also recognised

PETALING JAYA: The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) has been recognised for its contributions towards developing the local craft sector at the International Craft Awards 2020 in New Delhi.

At the programme organised by Craft Village on Sunday (Feb 21), Motac won the Lifetime Achievement award for a government representative for its continued efforts in championing the Malaysian craft industry.

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the recognition was the result of shared commitment between the ministry and its strategic partners, including government and private agencies, in developing the country's craft industry.

"I am confident that the craft sector will continue to grow with the production of new creative products which will support the country's economic growth and create job opportunities for local communities," she said.

Motac was not the only Malaysian award recipient at the ceremony as efforts by a skills development institute in Pahang, a community craft project in Perak and a local designer were also recognised.

The Institute Kemahiran Tenun Pahang Diraja Ampuan Besar Meriam (IKTPD) won the Craft Institute/Academy of the Year award while Projek Kraf Komuniti Ku (KKK) Kampung Bendang in Sayong, Kuala Kangsar, Perak, received the Village of the Year award at the ceremony.

A brainchild of the Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, the IKTPD offers courses for youths aimed at preserving the Pahang royal art of weaving.

So far, 55 graduates of the programme have earned their certificates in the skill.

Separately, the KKK project at Kampung Bendang by Motac is a pioneer project aimed at empowering the local ceramic craft community in Kuala Kangsar.

Among the project's initiatives were research and development on 32 signature black pots, which are known for their unique patterns and black colouring.

Meanwhile, the Designer of the Year (Gen-Next) award went to Rahimi Bujang, a designer with Kraftangan Malaysia in Perak for 11 years.

Rahimi has won several awards and recognitions in the past including bagging the first prize at the Craft Master 2018 organised by MyCreative Ventures for his lamp design titled Lampu Terendak Menara Kuala.

The International Craft Awards aims to recognise individuals, craftsmen, artisans, designers and organisations worldwide for their contribution towards the inclusive development and sustainability of the craft sector.

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