A dying trade

Recently while visiting my family in Ipoh, Malaysia, I dropped in at a rattan furniture shop. This shop has always caught my interest before whenever we walk past it to get to the restaurant next to it but we have never stopped in. But now that my mom has a grandson, she has decided that it was appropriate to patronize this quaint workshop – perhaps they have one of those rattan/bamboo child feeding seat. Instead we walked away with two rattan marketing baskets and a kid’s lounging chair. Just like the shop, the items on sale remind me of my childhood days way before Ikea entered the scene. If I lived closer, we would have left the shop with many more pieces of Phang Kwi‘s hand-weaved items.

The shop owner who makes most of the items by himself claims that his items pricing from US$10 onwards are not expensive as the making is labor-intensive:

A variety of home furniture and items (even a rocking horse!) suspended from the ceiling of the shop:

A piece of furniture sometimes takes up to two days to weave:


~ by iccthomas on January 8, 2010.

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