This Merdeka, rediscover Malaysian culture through artisanal pop-ups
‘Celebrating the real talent of Malaysian artisans and their uniquely made crafts’
KUALA LUMPUR – Virtual marketplace The Artisans Haven has been hosting a curated series of artisan pop-up shops across the Klang Valley. They market some of the most outstanding locally-made items and handcrafted products.
In the spirit of Merdeka, the artisanal pop-up stores aim to highlight and showcase the beauty and quality of these products. They also want to drive awareness and appreciation for local artisans and their craftsmanship.
The pop-up shops onboard 100 local artisans. Their work are featured for at least three months across three high-traffic outlets in Bukit Bintang. These are Malaysia Grand Bazaar Bukit Bintang City Centre, Fahrenheit 88, Tokyo Street Pavilion KL, and two others at Damansara City Mall and The Linc KL.
“These pop-up shops go to the very heart of what we at The Artisans Haven are all about: celebrating the real talent of Malaysian artisans and their uniquely made crafts, especially with Merdeka around the corner.
“Visitors can see and experience the most intricate, creative, and bespoke products. These artisans may have previously not had the medium nor necessary resources to promote their crafts and reach their target audiences on a larger scale.
“These pop-up shops look to directly address this issue and provide artisans with a home base,” said Jade Lee, co-founder of The Artisans Haven.
Kicking off stronger this month, The Artisans Haven looks to bring a unique way of celebrating Malaysia’s independence. This one-stop shop of artisanal products also endeavours to give foreign tourists a chance to bring home their favourite souvenirs that awaken fond memories of Malaysia.
Featuring various items ranging from aromatic hand-poured candles, flamboyant encrusted rhinestone clutch box bags to well-adorned pearl necklaces and wellness kits made with love by indigenous Orang Asli mothers, the brands taking part in the fairs include Gocheeks, The Asli Co, Candle Pit Stop, I am KL, and Rebecca Creations.
The Artisans Haven is also showcasing a series of Merdeka-themed artwork, featuring prominent local artists like Kirtanraw, Ruful McKenzie, Hand & Brush by Sashtri, and Wani Art. The pieces are a celebration of the rich local history, culture, and myriad of identities that make up Malaysia today.
“This niche yet collaborative community of spirit-fuelled, artistic individuals has contributed significantly to rekindling the love for Malaysian culture and heritage. The Artisans Haven is truly delighted to sell the distinctive pieces of these up-and-coming individuals to the local community.
“Additionally, there is no charge to the artisans. This is our way of making sure that these artisans not only get the love they deserve but also the income they need,” added Jade.
With the ethos “Handmade is Heartmade” in mind, to date, The Artisans Haven has accommodated over 1,000 small businesses and brands on the platform.
The platform also enables small-scale business owners to access business skills and/or resources, networking capabilities, and financial help. Ultimately, it encourages a more sustainable-growing community of local businesses.
Previously, the platform also held several pop-up stores in shopping mall outlets in Klang Valley.
source – The Vibes