In conjunction with Malaysia’s 66th National Day and the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Malaysian federation, Royal Selangor signed a memorandum of understanding with Kraftangan Malaysia pledging to work together towards the betterment of the local arts and crafts scene.
For a start, the heritage pewter brand will be hosting live demonstrations and workshops of traditional arts such as batik canting, rattan and songket weaving, woodcarving, pottery and ceramics at the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre this month and next. You can catch a live jazz music performance by Rizal Tony and Alwagera, who will serenade visitors with popular English and Malay songs such as Aduh Sayang, Jelingan Manja, Corcovado and The Look of Love at the centre in Setapak Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, on Aug 27 at 3pm.
In addition, Royal Selangor is celebrating Hari Kebangsaan and Hari Malaysia with the launch of its Heritage collection, which honours the traditional crafts of the country. The new release features six uniquely designed coasters, boasting patterns inspired by batik fabrics and kain songket, ancient crafts such as woodcarving and wayang kulit, as well as motifs symbolic to Sabah and Sarawak
called pinakol and aso.
Each coaster has a different heritage print stamped on a pewter disc, which is supported by a black food-safe eco-composite body. The eco-friendly material is made using a blend of sawdust from Royal Selangor’s woodworking facility and resin to form the sturdy and durable structure. The items retail for RM49 each.
For more information, visit royalselangor.com.
This article first apppeared on Aug 21, 2023 in The Edge Malaysia.