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.
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.
At one point, the training of these expertise was conducted according to specialisation at various training centres in the country.
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.
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.
All in all, six streams are offered here: Batik, Weaving, Ceramics, Wood, Metal and Rattan Craft, both in certificate and diploma programmes.
Check out my photos where you can see the quality of the products that are handmade here.
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.
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
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