Pusat Anyaman Mengkuang, Kg Cherating, Kuantan
Staying in Awana Kijal Golf, Beach and Spa Resort is so much fun. The resort itself is filled with activities to keep you occupied but if you wish to explore out of the resort, you can visit their Fun & Adventure counter and choose the countless activities most suitable for you.
During our 3D/2N stay here, we opt to experience their Kampung Tour (Village Tour). One of the activities included in the Kampung Tour is a visit to Pusat Anyaman Mengkuang in Kuantan.
Pusat Anyaman Mengkuang
The art of leaves weaving has flourished for generations after generations. Items woven from daun pandan are regarded as of superior quality as daun pandan is softer and easily shaped compared to those woven from daun mengkuang, which however, are more lasting. Here we get to see lots of handicrafts made from woven mengkuang leaves.
Before the mengkuang leaves can be used for weaving, it goes through several stages.
Here, we get to see the mengkuang leaves being cut. The thorns are then removed. Next the leaves are measured so that they are all of the same length for easy weaving.
We don’t however get to see the following processes: To soften the leaves, they are passed over a slight fire. Once softened, they are soaked in cold water for about 48 hours to remove any natural elements likely to attract insects to the mats.
But most importantly, we get to try hands-on mengkuang mat weaving. As crafty as I am, I’ve never woven a real mat in my entire life!
I just had to try it! It seems so easy but it is NOT! I don’t know what I was weaving after a while >_<
Then Ethan came to assist me!
Haha… he made it even worse! Bluek :P Finally we undo whatever we have done and look nicely. We managed to get some weaving done correctly after that! Yeay! ^_^
Not only you can learn weaving here, you can also purchase the countless handicrafts made of woven mengkuang leaves at a bargain!
When we got back to our bus parked just in front, I saw this mengkuang plant. It is taller than me!
Now I can proudly declare that I’ve SEEN this and DONE that and in case I fail as a blogger, I can always rely on my knowledge of mengkuang weaving for a living! ^.^
Check out our visit to the Turtle Sanctuary, Cherating which is also part of the Kampung Tour.
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