Labu Sayong: Preserving The Heritage Of Traditional Pottery-Making In Perak

Just outside the town of Kuala Kangsar in northern Perak state lies Sayong, where a curious cottage industry has survived for over 300 years. This is the birthplace of the labu sayong, a traditional...

Meet The Last “Bedak Sejuk” Maker of Penang

A traditional beauty remedy. As you wander the countryside of Balik Pulau in Malaysia’s Penang state, you may come across trays of dainty, teardrop-like beads drying under the scorching sun. These are called bedak sejuk...

How Is The Malaysian Keris Made? We Visit A Keris Master To Find Out

Uncover the mystery behind Malaysia’s traditional weapon. As Kuala Kangsar’s royal palace, mosque, museum and well-preserved buildings tower over us, entering Bukit Chandan feels like a journey into a fantasy world. As we drive down...

Meet the Sitiawan Artisan Preserving the Fuzhou Art Of Making Mee Suah

When visiting the coastal town of Sitiawan in Perak, a must-buy is mee suah. Literally meaning “thread noodles” due to its long thin shape, the noodle is highly prized for its ability to absorb...

Golden Heritage: The Malaysian Art Of Gold Embroidery

Unravel the tradition of 'tekat emas', or gold embroidery, at Kuala Kangsar, Perak. Each time the artist runs the needle through the velvet, she delicately smooths the gold thread at a precise angle. She traces...

Heirloom Cuisine: Siti Li Dining

Siti Li Dining has emerged as a custodian for Malay heritage cuisine.  Since opening in the gentrified suburb of Damansara Heights last September, Siti Li Dining has earned a reputation as one of the most...

The Orang Asli Weavers Who Are Keeping Their Traditions Alive

Beyond a creative pursuit, the art of pandanus weaving holds significant economic and cultural value among Malaysia’s indigenous people. Words Alexandra Wong Photography SooPhye We cross a bridge, traverse a brook and ascend a flight of...

Meet Malaysia’s First Female Mask Changer

Pinky Loo is the face behind this ancient Chinese art performance. Words Alexandra Wong Photos SooPhye In a fierce painted mask, flowing cape and dramatic headgear, the performer looks imposing, scary even. As operatic music swells...

Things You Didn’t Know About The Malaysian Lion Dance

More than just a cultural tradition, the spectacular lion dance has evolved to become a sport-oriented activity. Words Carolyn Hong Photography SooPhye If there’s one sound that tells you it’s the Lunar New Year in Malaysia,...

Ipoh’s Dragon Kiln Master

Meet a dragon kiln master from Ipoh, once the ceramic capital of the world. Words Alexandra Wong Photography SooPhye Have I just stumbled into a post-apocalyptic site? Entering Xin Fa Pottery after a short drive over a gravel...
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