Best foot forwardMarch 1, 2009 - The Star
Malaysian Gallery, a month-long promotion at Harrods, will showcase more than 3,000 craft items produced by 66 of our country’s best designers.
THE soothing melody of gamelan music drifted softly across Harrods’ window display, a sharp contrast to the cacophony of tooting horns from London’s rush-hour traffic. For a moment, time seemed to have stood still. One can easily get immersed in the rich and resonant sounds of Terengganu’s classical court orchestra. But suddenly you’re jolted out of the east coast state’s idyllic images of swaying coconut trees and sandy coastline. It is back to London’s iconic store in upscale Knightsbridge, which is hosting Malaysian Gallery, a month-long promotion showcasing more than 3,000 craft items produced by 66 of our country’s best designers.
Like a theatre, a window display showcasing the best of Malaysian craft will be watched by tens of thousands of Britons and tourists alike over the next four weeks. They can actually see a batik designer performing live demonstrations inside the window display during the period. Kraftangan Malaysia’s Nurul Farazura Fuad will be crafting intricate patterns on batik textiles every day, churning out beautiful pieces of art.
Well, handicraft is a living art and art is the soul of Malaysia’s diverse culture. From the vibrant and intricate hand-woven textiles such as songket and batik to elegant silverware, charming pottery and rustic rattan pet baskets, they represent a lasting beauty and priceless legacy.