1. an array of craft items in the showroom

1. an array of craft items in the showroom

Institut Kraf Negara (IKN) or National Craft Institute (NCI) is a learning institute that provides craft skills training, from rattan weaving to wood carving, batik printing, ceramics, silverware, embroidery, and more.

2. an array of craft items in the showroom

2. an array of craft items in the showroom

3. proprietor of Tinta Warna Enterprise

3. proprietor of Tinta Warna Enterprise

From as early as 1967, craft skills training was already introduced in this country under the auspices of Crafts Development Centre. It has been a long journey which saw the development of craft skills training to encompass different fields of artistry.

4. batik craft produced by Tinta Warna Enterprise

4. batik craft produced by Tinta Warna Enterprise

5. potter Khalis Zalani

5. potter Khalis Zalani

At one point, the training of these expertise was conducted according to specialisation at various training centres in the country.

6. clay products by Khalis Zalani

6. clay products by Khalis Zalani

7. rattan weaver Zuraimah bt. Mat Yasin

7. rattan weaver Zuraimah bt. Mat Yasin

However, the turning point in craft skills training in the country was in August 2001 when the Cabinet (government) approved the establishment of a centralised institution. That was how NCI came about.

8. rattan products

8. rattan products

9. textile and embroidery class

9. textile and embroidery class

During my visit to NCI some weeks ago in a bid to Discover Selangor, I was impressed with the work produced by these graduates – and to think that most of them had no prior knowledge about this field preceding to their enrolment in the training programme (incubation scheme) just two short years ago.

10. wood carving

10. wood carving

11. hand-carved wood products

11. hand-carved wood products

All in all, six streams are offered here: Batik, Weaving, Ceramics, Wood, Metal and Rattan Craft, both in certificate and diploma programmes.

12. gold and silver accessories

12. gold and silver accessories

13. batik printing

13. batik printing

Check out my photos where you can see the quality of the products that are handmade here.

14. batik canting

14. batik canting

15. Malaysian batik

15. Malaysian batik

The public is welcome to visit the workshops that are based here, which are operated by graduates of the institute. Some of the products that are for sale are ready made, while some have to be ordered.

16. tie-dye process

16. tie-dye process

17. an attractive tie-dye shirt

17. an attractive tie-dye shirt

Institut Kraf Negara
Add: No.1 KM.20 Jalan Ipoh-Rawang, Taman Rekreasi Templer, 48000 Rawang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: +603-6091 5322
Fax: +603-6092 6072
Web: www.ikn.gov.my
Email: webmaster@ikn.gov.my

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