Wau makers busy despite pandemic

Traditional craftwork: Muhd Nasru Aiman showing a completed giant-sized wau puyuh at his workshop in Kampung Sireh, Kota Baru. A giant-sized wau puyuh usually takes a week to complete. — Bernama

KOTA BARU: The Covid-19 pandemic did not stop a group of youths in Kampung Sireh here from pursuing their interest in making wau, the traditional kite widely found in Kelantan.

A check at Kampung Sireh Flats found that about seven to 10 youths were making wau puyuh (quail kite) or wau Kelantan for their customers.

According to the group’s head Muhd Nasru Aiman Mohd Zu, 31, they continue to produce wau puyuh during the pandemic because of steady orders, and they do not want the traditional art to die out.

Even though it is seen as an old-fashioned craft compared to modern gadgets, it still has its own fans, he told reporters when met at the flats.

“Alhamdulillah, there are still young people in this area who are keen to learn how to make these traditional kites.

“Previously, we only made kites for competitions, but now the demand for giant-sized kites as decorative pieces is growing,” he said, adding that they learned the kite-making skills from his 61-year-old father Mohd Zu Man.

Muhd Nasru Aiman said despite the economic slowdown, they continued to receive four or five orders a month for a kite and each piece of giant-sized kite could be sold for RM350.

He said the giant-sized kite needed more than five adult men to fly it. — Bernama

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