Malaysia bags four awards at international craft event

PETALING JAYA: Four Malaysian entities were recognised for their efforts in promoting the handicraft sector at the presentation ceremony of the International Craft Awards 2020 in New Delhi.

First, the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) has been recognised for its contribution towards the local craft sector.

Motac won the Lifetime Achievement Award for a Government Representative for its continued effort in championing the Malaysian craft industry.

Responding to the win last Sunday, 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.

“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 in a statement yesterday.

Institute Kemahiran Tenun Pahang Diraja Ampuan Besar Meriam (IKTPD) in Pahang 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 Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, IKTPD offers courses for youths aimed at preserving the Pahang royal household’s art of weaving.

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

Meanwhile, the KKK project at Kampung Bendang is a pioneer project aimed at empowering the ceramics craft community in Kuala Kangsar.

The project’s initiatives include research and development on 32 signature black pots (labu sayong), which are known for their unique patterns and black colouring.

Elsewhere, Rahimi Bujang snagged the Designer of the Year (Gen-Next) award after being a designer with Kraftangan Malaysia in Perak for 11 years.

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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