Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex




The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex (Kompleks Budaya Kraf) is a government run craft centre situated within close proximity to KL’s landmark attractions like Jalan Bukit Bintang and KLCC. This crafts complex, which is regarded as a ‘must-visit’ attraction of KL is managed by the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation, a body governed by the Ministry of Culture, Art and Heritage. The complex which is often referred to as a  ‘hidden gem’ is tucked away from KL’s busy traffic, on tranquil Jalan Conlay and features as a stop on the sight-seeing tour of KL Hop-on Hop-off bus service.

The main craft centre of the complex is housed in a beautiful open plan building adorned with traditional intricately carved motifs and carvings. In addition to this main centre, the complex also features other buildings that host establishments like a crafts museum, an artists’ colony, a batik gallery and a craft boutique. The complex is also equipped with an onsite cafeteria which offers a variety of Indian and Malay eats.
The main building of the complex serves as a showcase for Malaysia’s rich arts and crafts heritage.  On display here are batik textiles, wood carvings, pottery and ceramics, woven baskets made from forest fibers, beaded Peranakan accessories and various other handicrafts including examples of pricey, opulent songket fabric woven with real gold threads and placed in glass display cabinets as a safety measure.
Main features of the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex

The Craft Museum
The Craft Museum by way of its many displays of native arts and crafts, aims to educate visitors about the rich cultural heritage of Malaysia. On display at the museum are various artifacts like samples of batik and songket textiles, pewter and silverwares, ceramics and pottery and various lifestyle products handcrafted from bamboo, pandanaus and other forest fibers.

The Craft Village
At the Craft Village, visitors are encouraged to participate in the various interactive sessions which are regularly on offer. Here visitors have a chance to learn the art of batik textile painting, fine art painting, pewter and ceramic making, wood carving and more. These interactive craft sessions provide visitors with a sense of the skills involved in creating these Malaysian handicrafts.

The Artists’ Colony
The Artists’ Colony is home to 22 resident Malaysian artists. The colony also hosts eleven galleries which showcase their many Malaysian-themed creations.

Karyaneka Craft Boutique
At the Karyaneka Craft boutique visitors can shop for a whole host of authentic Malaysian artifacts. On offer here are handcrafted accessories and garments, textiles, home décor items, traditional souvenir and novelty gift items fashioned out of pewter and silver and various other artifacts.

The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex is a constant hub of activity. The centre in fact organizes periodic events like ‘National Handicraft Day’, and ‘Love Malaysian Crafts’ to boost the popularity of Malaysian handicrafts among tourists and locals alike.
Discover the wonderful world of Malaysian handicrafts by penciling in a trip to the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex in your itinerary.
Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex,
Section 63, Jalan Conlay, 50450
Kuala Lumpur - Tel: (603) 2162 7533
Fax: (603) 21611501 - www.kraftangan.gov.my



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