Sunday, 5 February 2012


10 Dec 2011
It was a weekend break for us after many weeks of craft workshops at the National Textile Museum. But I had to deliver some brochures & forms to the museum, so popped over in the afternoon.  What caught my i when i first entered the lobby was the striking colours of embroidery against black cloth which i later learned was called Linangkit Lotud Tuaran and it's from Turan, Sabah, but the lady demonstrating the craft is now living in the peninsular.

I knew the members would go gaga over this as i did, so i went a bit crazee and took some promo photos (below) and on the way back home sent smses to all members informing them of an impromptu class to learn this beautiful tradition embroidery work and to checkout our Facebook for the pictures by 10pm.  I told them just come & bring black cloth, some needles &a cushion. Why a cushion? You'll see....

11 Dec 2011
So these are the members who turned up! So many, all eager to learn more of this traditional craft. It turned out to be quite tedious and after many hours, they still was at the first stage, but much respect is given to the traditional crafters, with their patience & perseverence without which there not be such beautiful craftwork

a) Preparing the weaving strip = black cloth sewn with allowance and folded and tagged. This forms the base  for the embroidery

Everyone hard at work preparing the black base..

c) A row of 36 stitches, not so close, not too far apart is stitched to form the frame.  Tension of the thread and consistent lenth & width is important..

And can u see why the cushion? It is used as a loom for the crafter to wrap the black cloth around. The fluffiness of the cushion helps to avoid needle pricks to the thighs (i guess, ha ha..)

TIME'S UP and so we ended with some knowledge & wisdom of the traditional crafts!

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