National Craft Day helps to revive country’s economy

HKK 2022 successfully brings together more than 300 entrepreneurs and craft communities from all over M’sia 


THE Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) through Kraftangan Malaysia organised the annual National Craft Day (HKK) 2022 programme from Feb 23 to March 7, 2022. 

Aligning with the theme “Kraf Mewarnai Keluarga Malaysia”, the event depicted the uniqueness and beauty of Malaysian craft from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as generating income through the production of craft products in line with the government’s aspirations in reviving the country’s economy. 

According to Motac Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, HKK 2022 can indirectly give recognition to the involvement and contribution of entrepreneurs, craft community and craft activists in the development of the country’s craft industry. 

“The event can also bring together craft entrepreneurs nationwide to market and display local handicrafts with a variety of the latest designs and modern and contemporary tastes,” she said at the event yesterday. 

The programme successfully brought together more than 300 entrepreneurs and craft communities from all over Malaysia with various fields such as textile crafts, jungle crafts, metal crafts, land crafts with various products for sale and promotional activities. 

Several exhibitions were also featured such as the Raja Permaisuri Agong’s Clothing Collection exhibition, National Craft Figure Exhibition 2022, Special Exhibition: Queen of Cloth (Songket Textile); MYCRAFTSHOPPE 

Exhibition, National Craft Institute Exhibition, Weaving Craft Art exhibition, New Product exhibition, Craft Community Product exhibition as well as Craft Figures and Dioramas of Traditional Craft Making Techniques. 

There were also demonstrations of Kembang Api Crafts and demonstrations of Malaysian Family cuisine, craft seminars, interactive crafts such as weaving, batik, creative craft studio and Adiguru Craft Exploration, art performance, fun craft batik dying and dipping. 

Yesterday was the climax of HKK 2022 where the Buy, Spin and Win prize giving ceremony was officiated by Malaysian Handicrafts, Malaysian Handicraft Development Corp DG Aididah Ibrahim. 

According to Aididah, the event was not only centred at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex but also took place throughout Malaysia through the National Craft Festival at seven shopping malls nationwide. 

“Currently we have already achieved a total of 30,000 visitors and are nearing the sales target of RM10 million. 

“The final target has yet to be finalised on the closing day tomorrow (today), but we are very positive that we can achieve the target for HKK 2022,” she said. 

Ten lucky visitors who made a purchase of RM500 and above were selected to attend the MYCRAFTSHOPPE Buy, Spin and Win “Lucky Roulette” prize giving session and stood a chance to win various prizes including the grand prize of a Honda RSX 150 motorcycle worth more than RM10,000. 

In addition, visitors who purchase craft products during HKK 2022 at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex as well as at the National Craft Festival 2022 all over Malaysia can get a cash voucher offer of RM30 for each purchase in multiples of RM100.