Galeri Produk Langkawi
Galeri Produk Langkawi is a CSR project by Panorama Langkawi Sdn Bhd and Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) in assisting local entrepreneurs to sell and market their products in Langkawi.
Products such as wood carvings, ceramics, crystal, carved dagger and a knife, marble, Kufi Art, product made from coconut shells and bamboo, products from paper, paintings and many others are available at Langkawi Product Gallery.
Dedicated website for Galeri Produk Langkawi can be reach at this link; http://www.galeriproduklangkawi.my
Mengkuang (screwpine leaves) or pandanus weaving is one of the traditional arts still very much alive and its products are still in demand. Mengkuang, is a huge pandan-like plant that grows along the back mangroves and can also be found in the local jungles. The fruits can be eaten, and leaves may be used to weaving. The tall, thorny leaves of the mengkuang are collected, boiled, dyed and made into colourful gift boxes, mats, beach bags, hats, fans, purses, and slippers.
Mengkuang weaving usually practiced by womenfolk in the rural kampung areas. The process requires patience, skill and dedication. The leaves after having stripped of its thorns, are first are split into long strands, soaked and dried in the sun. Once dried, it is boiled and dyed with colours.
It is then woven according to the required designs. The design of motifs or kelarai is usually based on plant, flora and fauna and even animals. The numerous items made are both unique and eye-catching. Being decorative as well as useful, the items are excellent purchase be it for self or as gifts for weddings, souvenirs and ornamental hand-outs.
Marble is metamorphosed limestone, composed of fairly pure calcite (a crystalline form of calcium carbonate, CaCO3). It is extensively used for sculpture, as an building material, and in many other applications. Various machines used for cutting marble and formed into the desired shape. The size of the machines is bigger and require efficiency to operate it. Among the items that can be produced is a stone mortar, vase, plates, trays and even paperweight.
Ceramic, better known as clay, is a substance that has been used to make kitchen utensils since time immemorial, mainly bowls and cups. Up to now, it remains in use and also kept as decoration.
Each ceramic product will through two types of combustion process; low temperature combustion and high temperature combustion. For low-temperature combustion, it require the temperature to be at 900 degrees calcius and baked for eight to nine hours to strengthen the ceramic. The high temperature combustion require the temperature to be approximately 1200 degrees celsius and baked for 10 to 12 hours. This is intended to cooking and preserve the color that has been applied to the ceramic. For some ceramic products, the manufacturing process can take as long as two weeks.
In Langkawi, most of the ceramic products are usually based on coral or coral reefs motifs. It is 100% handmade, except for items that have a smooth surface, which use machine to produce it.
Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth, or cloth made using this technique. Batik is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap.
The applied wax resists dyes and therefore allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one color, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colors are desired.
Wood Carving or sculpture is an one of the many traditional art craft within the Malay community. Its requires the skill of choosing the right wood, precise wood processing technique and painting know how to produce an elegant sculpture. Various motif were used in wood carving such as sand motif, wave motif, water motif and also motif of flora and fauna. Wood carving skills can also be applied to decorate the tradisional Malay knife and dagger. The blade is made by using iron and steel.