Malaysian Handicrafts Rake In RM444 Million In Sales

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KOTA BHARU – Malaysian handicrafts registered RM444 million in sales up to October this year, exceeding the RM430 million target set for 2014.

Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (MHDC) Director-General Datuk Mohd Kamil Mohd Ali said the sales value achieved was due to the high quality of the handicrafts, promotions and programmes organised by MHDC.

“Batik account for 40 per cent, or RM200 million, of the total sales value, with Kelantan batik contributing RM120 million,” he told reporters after the signing and presentation ceremony of certificates to Craft Masters 2014 here today.

He said about 75 to 80 per cent of graduates from the National Handicraft Institute would secure jobs in metal, weaving and ceramic manufacturing.

“Practical training with handicraft operators provides graduates with the opportunity to become masters of the craft,” he said.

At today’s event, Che Minah Songket company operator, Kalthom Hussin, 68, was chosen as Craft Master 2014 for songket weaving.

“I started learning how to weave when I was 10 years old from my parents and my interest grew from there.I will use my knowledge and experience to help the younger generation,” she said. – BERNAMA