As Malaysia has many different people with different legacies and traditions, it is not surprising that we have a strong craft culture with a wide range of influence. One of our strengths in craft is textiles — some examples are batik, kain songket and pua kumbu. Metalware is another, with brands such as Royal Selangor and Poh Kong displaying items made of pewter, gold or silver. We also create forest and crop-based products made of rattan and bamboo.

The Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation or MHDC leads large events like National Crafts Day and the KL International Craft Festival, spearheading most of the efforts to grow this industry. Within the Klang Valley, local craftwork can be found amidst the many souvenirs at Central Market, the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery and the MHDC's Jalan Conlay campus, which includes a Crafts Museum. There are also new social enterprises emerging who champion sustainable and ethical means in producing artisanal goods — see The Batik Boutique, Biji-Biji Initiative, Cotton and Sago and Earth Heir.

Maker fairs are increasingly common, first popularised by Art for Grabs. There is a wide variety of booths available, keep an eye out for stalwarts like Gerai OA (which works directly with indigenous craftspeople) and Helping Hands Penan, or emerging collectives like Tamu-Tamu Collective.

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