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...

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Thaipusam

As Hindus in Malaysia and around the world gear up to celebrate Thaipusam on 21 January, we take a look at six interesting facts about the festival. 1) The name Thaipusam comes from Tamil -...

This Studio In Penang Is Reviving The Ancient Craft Of Woodcarving

The ancient craft of woodcarving gets a boost from a young Penang artisan. Words Alexandra Wong Photos SooPhye Tucked above one of the quieter pockets of Penang’s World Heritage Site, Keng Hwa Carving Studio is a curious study...

Diwali: A Celebration of Lights

Words Dharm Navaratnam  Photography Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi, 123rf Steeped in history, Diwali has its roots in the Hindu celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. In the lead-up to the auspicious day, houses will...

Ceremonious Cannons

With a past once shrouded in mystery, Malaysia’s bamboo cannons still take centre stage during the Eid al-Fitr celebrations

Healing hands

Discover the traditional healing rites practiced for centuries by local herbalists, native shamans and midwifes

Form Flatterer

A tailor extraordinaire makes beautiful sari blouses that flatter the female form

Cempuling Champions

Practitioners fight to preserve the traditional art form in modern Malaysian society.

Getting Crafty With Pewter

Learn the art of Pewter making at The Foundry at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre

Supreme Songket

Once reserved for ceremonial use within the Malay elite and royal circles, songket is experiencing a well-deserved revival

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