KUCHING: The Sarawak branch of the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (PKKM) recorded a sale of RM1.07 million from April 2020 to January 2021 through its online platforms launched in April last year.
Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said E-Kraf Bazar, Craft On The Go and MyCraftShoppe.com. were initiatives aimed at helping Sarawak handicraft entrepreneurs market their products when the country was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘’The response through the platforms had been very encouraging since they were introduced,’’ she told a media conference after visiting the PKKM centre here, today.
She said in Sarawak alone there are 140 E-Kraf Bazar, 86 Craft On The Go and 44 MyCraftShoppe.com entrepreneurs involved in online businesses.
Meanwhile, Nancy said MOTAC and the National Craft Institute had taken the initiative to introduce Malaysian Skills Certificate courses in Songket and Pua weaving at the PKKM satellite campuses in Kuching and Betong, respectively.
‘’We are targeting 25 students for the course programmes. If we do not continue programmes like these our cultural heritage will eventually disappear and it is a challenge to entice the young to participate in the courses,’’ she said.
Those keen to participate in the two-year course could contact Sarawak PKKM at 082-444205 for the 2021 July intake session.
Earlier, Nancy and Sarawak PKKM director, Azran Arip were taken to see numerous handicraft making demonstrations at the centre among them furniture crafting from belian wood (ironwood or Eusideroxylon zageri) and making of parang blades and wood-carved sheaths.