Pak Sapie and Sons Wau Gallery

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Kelantan is the cradle of Malay culture and birthplace of many traditional trades in Malaysia, such as the wau (traditional kite), gasing (spinning top) and wayang kulit (shadow puppetry). The traditional kite has been in use for centuries in the country. Farmers have been known to use them as scarecrows in paddy fields, while village folks practise them as a hobby. Some states in Malaysia still hold wau competitions, where you can witness hundreds of vibrant kites soaring majestically in the air. In this virtual tour, you can get behind the scenes of a wau making workshop to discover how the traditional kite of Malaysia is made. The Pak Sapie and Sons Wau Gallery was established by the late Pak Sapie, the legendary kite maker of Malaysia. Within the humble gallery, you can see several exquisite waus such as the wau bulan, wau puyuh, wau kucing and wau jala budi. Today, it is run by his son, Wan Anuar, who still showcases his skills to visitors, or make these kites to order. To him, the wau is not only a unique work of art but also a reflection of the maker’s heart which can show his subtle mastery over the craft.

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