SINGAPORE, DECEMBER, 17 2015 – Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation together with Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Singapore) both the agencies under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, today held a Press Conference of The Johor Craft Festival 2015 at Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Singapore). Present to officiate the press conference is the Honourable Mrs Hajah Zuraida Mokhtar, Director General of the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation.
Also present is Mrs Noor Aine Ismail, Director of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Singapore), Mrs Rubiah Tul’ Adwiyah Haji Md Yusof, Deputy Director, Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Singapore) and Mr Ibrahim Ismail, Senior Director Development Industry Division, Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation.
The press conference is set to announce the Johor Craft Festival that will begin from December 24 to 29 from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm at Angsana Johor Bahru Mall. The festival will be officiated on December 25, 2015, at 4 pm by the Honourable Datuk Mas Ermieyati binti Samsudin, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia, at Angsana Johor Bahru Mall.
Among the main objectives for the Johor Craft Festival is to introduce a variety of Malaysian craft products to suit various needs and in line with the current market trend. It is also aimed at increasing creativity and innovation in the creation of products using different materials and techniques reflecting the multi-cultural identity of Malaysia. Apart from that, Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation wants to increase public awareness and interest to use local crafts.
The 5th edition of the annual Johor Craft Festival, will be participated by 300 craft entrepreneurs from around the country offering local textile products, wood based ceramic based, metal based and various crafts. Among the activities and highlights of the Johor Craft Festival are:
§ Craft Sales (Textile, Forest Based, Earthen Based, Metal Based, Assorted Based)
§ Exhibition & Sales of New Products
o Introduction Fatimah Chik Product
o Craft Prelude – Native Art 2016
§ Craft Interactive
o Tie & Dye Batik
o Tie & Dye – Shiboritik Bandana
o Rattan Weaving
o Orang Asli Origami
o Kembang Api/ Glory of Fire
o Ceramics Making & Burning Technique (Rice Husk)
o Johor Traditional Cooking
o Children Colouring Contest
o Pineapple Paper Colouring
o Craft 3D Street Art
§ Fashion Shows
o Shiboritik- Signature Product Fatimah Chik
o Shiboritik & Native Art 2016
§ Creative Talk – Introduction Fatimah Chik For Signature Product
§ Creative Workshop – Bandana Shiboritik Interactive Sessions
§ Special Appearance Imam Muda Nasul Izwan
§ Special Appearance Players & Fans JDT
§ Motivational Talk by IRDA – Opportunities With Iskandar Malaysia
Visitors can expect varies selection of craft products on sale by 300 craft entrepreneur all over Malaysia. Among the products to be featured are crafts for interior design, landscaping products, decorative products, household products as well as clothing apparel.
Exhibition And Sales Of New Craft Products
An exhibition floor displaying new craft products for interior decoration will suit various needs for residential, office or travel industry.
Exhibition & Sales of New Products
Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation is drawing specific attention to showcase the latest batik fashion design Ready To Wear 2016 using Shiboritik technique. 'Shibori' is a Japanese word which means 'tie-dye' and the word 'tik' is the abbreviation for Batik. Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation together with Fatimah Chik has taken the move to reintroduce the Shiboritik. Fatimah Chik is a pioneer who explored the Shiboritik artworks a combination of tie and dye technique and stamping batik into her amaze paintings. Realising the tremendous and unique potential of Shiboritik, Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation also introduce some signature item using Fatimah Chik paintings. Visitors can expect a selection of beautiful bags, tea set, dining set and souvenirs item on sale.
Demonstration Of ‘Kembang Api’ / Glory Of Fire
Visitors also will be treated to craft demonstration produced by local craft entrepreneur such as the making of traditional machete or weaponry. The word ‘Kembang Api’, represent the flame that spark, upon the making of the traditional weapon. Demonstration of Glory Of Fire not the first edition, but Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation is excited to continue this special demonstration as it has a huge fans, as well as keeping this unique tradition of Malaysian culture.
Ceramics Making & Burning Technique (Rice Husk)
Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation will showcase a demonstration of traditional ceramics making and firing. Visitors also can see the finishing part of ceramics firing using the rice husk. Rice husk is used to make the ceramics turns black.
Johor Traditional Cooking
A traditional cooking and cuisine making also includes in the line up of special events during Johor Craft Festival set to thrill visitors. Varies Johor cuisine will be demonstrated.
Several competition have also been scheduled to take place, among them Children Colouring Contest, Pineapple Paper Colouring and Craft 3D Street Art. For more info and enquiries on the contest, kindly contact Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation, Johor Branch at +607 - 235 0433.