Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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Friday, March 13, 2009
Before, I have shared with you about batik and now, I want share about songket. Many people have the notion that songket is only meant for Malay wedding costumes. It is not so. Songket actually can be used for various kinds of fashion according to the taste of the designers. The songket cloth is a little heavier than batik. This is due to the weaving of gold threads that shape the patterns and designs of the basic cloth. Since the traditional method of weaving is done, it takes days for a high quality songket to be completed. That is why a songket costs more.
Most Malays have songket as part of their traditional dress. The songket is only worn on official functions or attending wedding ceremonies. But now songket material is used as decorations on the walls, also made into beautiful handbags and other products.
You can see how songket weaving is done when you visit Kelantan or Terengganu. These two states have become the centre of the songket cottage industry. They produce mostly for the local market.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Now I want to share about Malay traditional ‘kuih’ which is ‘onde-onde’ or some people called as ‘buah melaka’. This traditional onde-onde is green in colour with gula melaka filling. I really like onde-onde because it is yummy and easy to make. During ramadhan, I always help my mother make onde-onde and it has been compulsory ‘kuih’ for our family. The key points of good onde-onde are the nice fragrant of the pandan leaves and the thickness aroma of gula melaka. For me, more gula melaka yummier...but must be careful, the gula melaka fluid will dribble from the mouth when we nipped the glutinous ball. Usually, onde-onde is sold during the month of ramadhan but you also can get it at pasar malam at your house. Besides, you can always make it on your own. It is as easy as ABC.
100 gram of glutinous rice flour
A pinch of salt
Some pieces of “gula Melaka”
Some grated coconut
1. Sieve the rice flour
2. Add in the fresh “pandan” juice to give both the flavor and the green coloring
3. Add a pinch of salt and mix well into smooth dough
4. Pinch some of the dough and flatten in the palm
5. Put a piece of “gula Melaka” in the center and shape the dough into a ball
6. Continue doing step 5 with the rest of the dough
7. Boil some water in a pot
8. Drop a few dough balls into the boiling water
9. They will be float to the surface once cooked. Use a strainer to lift the cooked balls
10. Place the cooked balls onto a plate of grated coconut mixed with a little salt
11. Roll the green “onde-onde” balls in the coconut and are best served while still hot
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I’m sure, majority of you know about batik and maybe some of you have one. Batik is very popular in Malaysia years ago until now. Batik costume is worn for official functions as well as for daily wear. Today, in our country, the government workers are compulsory to wear batik on every Thursday in order to support our batik industry.
Nowadays, batik has been refreshing according to the taste of the designers and also the wearer. The Malaysian batik is different from the Indonesian or Thai batik in design and motif. It has its own aesthetic taste which reflects the skills of the batik manufacturers as well as the artists. There are various kinds of batik you can buy like cotton, silk and others.
And very often, many batik fashion shows are held in posh hotels and shopping complexes. You will surprised to see the good quality of our batik products which have attracted the locals and foreigners alike.
The centre of the batik industry is in Kelantan. When visiting Kelantan, don’t forget to visit the batik workshop. Here you can see how batik cloth is produced and processed. You also can buy batik there with the cheapest price. So, do not forget to bring home some batiks for your use.
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For your information, ‘Wayang Kulit’ is found in most but not all part of Southeast Asia. There are two forms of Malay shadow play, the Wayang Siam and Wayang Java, which despite their nomenclature (tatanama) are both Malay forms. Of the two, Wayang Siam is the more popular and Wayang Java is now almost extinct. Today, the Malay shadow play survives only in the northern state of Kelantan but in the nineteenth century it was extremely popular and performances were held in almost the state of the peninsula.
The puppeteer (dalang) is a skilled performer, who must act out all the part with each character given a distinct voice and personality. His versatility and manual dexterity as well as his memory have to be of the highest standard. An experienced puppeteer must also be able to assess his audience before the performance and attempt to choose a tale which will satisfy everyone.
The theatre (panggung) in which the performance is staged is a small structure constructed of timber and bamboo built about four feet off the ground. The screen (kelir) is made of white cotton and the shadow is cast on the screen by a lamp suspended from the roof of the theatre.
Then, the puppets are made from cow hide, goat skin and less often buffalo hide, although today the puppets portraying the minor characters are very often made from plastic or celluloid. The outline and features are traced on to the hide from an old figure chosen for the quality of its design and workmanship and then cut out. Once this has been completed the internal details of the puppet are carved out and the colours, which serve to distinguish characters whose silhouettes would otherwise be identical, are painted on.
That’s all about ‘The Shadow Play’ that I can share with you. Hope all of you get some ideas about this traditional Malay drama.
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