For years, Riuh's bazaars have brought together artists, performers and vendors of artisanal products under one roof to showcase their talents and creative works. However, what would normally be the biggest edition of the weekend soiree — previous pre-Raya bazaars welcomed thousands of visitors — is now virtual as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. The digital edition, Riuh Raya Rumah, takes place on Instagram until May 17.
Riuh’s festival-like gatherings have always been educating visitors on homegrown brands, but now more than ever, their efforts will help keep these businesses afloat in trying times. Over 80 artisanal brands are featured this time round and vouchers worth RM30,000 are for grabs (the first 30 purchases for each brand can use the code ‘RIUH20’ to enjoy a RM20 discount).
If you're still in need of last-minute items for Raya, here are some suggestions to add to your cart.
If you haven’t had your Raya OOTD sorted, browse through Totomi’s newest collection, which features timeless silhouettes that look good even for everyday wear. Besides, the brand is donating 50% of all proceeds to Feed The Faith, a fund that supports those affected by the Covid-19 crisis. For contemporary batik pieces, Parca’s selection will not disappoint. Think flattering cuts, bold colours and intricate designs. Don’t forget to use ‘TOGETHER20’ to get 20% off your order. And if you’re in the type of family that matches outfits, Kapten Batik and Jari Alana have looks that will please both the grandparents and the kids.
Accessories can either make or break an outfit. These Malaysian brands have dedicated themselves to offer only the best products to complement your personality. Gung Jewellery's elegant pieces are intricate, unique, and crafted with quality materials in South Korea. Prices are not overly exorbitant, so additional purchases are justified. Slip into a new pair of sandals artisanally made by notable homegrown Southeast Asian brands such as Philippines-based Cora & Bear and Indonesian label Yubi, which MariMari carries. Both the brands have been featured in internationally acclaimed fashion magazines British Vogue and Harpers Bazaar US. For bags that are kinder to the planet, check out Mic & Ben, whose products are made from environment-friendly materials and in limited quantities.
It can be tough to shop for friends or relatives with discerning, individual taste. But these brands will put a smile on the face of even the most pernickety style die-hards. Eco-friendly scented candles by OiLilin, made from recycled cooking oil, bring a warm vibe into one’s home. The homegrown brand offers candle making kits too (pick from flavours such as apple, fig milk, jasmine, blueberry or spice wood) for the ultimate crafts-lover. For more fragranced wax, Zephyrie's Lullaby candle (with lavender and tangerine scent) immediately brightens the mood in your living space, especially when we'll be staying home mostly this festive season. If you’re looking for gifts to spoil the kids, ChubbyFingersPlay Kids Store stocks homemade beeswax crayon that will keep the little ones busy.
The Conditional Control Movement Order (CMCO) is still ongoing but it doesn’t mean your sense of style and body care should be on lockdown. Since mani- and pedicure services are still not permissible, get your nails done in under 10 minutes with WrapIt Nails instant art designs. Bid goodbye to expensive manicures, smudges and chemical scents. Dandifying your fingers aside, don’t neglect your beauty routine too: Handmade Heroes prides itself on vegan and cruelty-free essentials, from cocoa lip tint and fruit-based sorbet lip balms to face masks. If we look after our health by paying close attention to the ingredients we consume, the same logic and care should be applied to our skin.
FOOD & DRINKS
It’s easy to get carried away with indulgent treats when Raya rolls around, so swap sugary drinks for WonderBrew’s handcrafted kombucha that helps detox and improve your digestion. Just for this festive period, the local brand has created Puteri Blush — a concoction of organic roselle, organic lime, organic black tea and kombucha culture — that’s packed with antioxidants. Food-wise, relieve yourself from kitchen duties and order Kurimibites’ mentai rice (or lobster mentai, if you’re intending to splurge) as well as an old-fashioned chocolate cake from Snatch.Pastries. The latter also offers a teatime set, which includes chocolate chunk cookies, almond hazelnut financiers and lemon white chocolate truffles.
To view the full list of brands featured, visit Riuh's Instagram page.