Arts take forms in many ways. From music to dance, and from fine arts to sculptures, there is usually a kind of art form you will be more than interested in. Nowadays, traditional art forms are starting to take the back seats as the younger generations grow without being exposed to them.
In Malaysia, many traditional art forms are slowly dying. However, by spreading awareness of these art forms, hopefully, more people will show interest to appreciate, if not, to learn these art trades. Check them out below!
First, there is the famous local kite known as Wau. Generally, the kite makers make these traditional kites by hand. For your information, there are many different kinds of wau. In other words, each wau usually has its own unique design, story and personality.
Secondly, the Nyonya beadwork is one of the best representatives of the fascinating Peranakan culture. Usually, the women painstakingly stitch fine beads onto costumes, purses, handkerchiefs and slippers. Now, this is certainly one of the art forms which takes a lot of patience and skill to complete each piece.
Next, don’t forget the ancient textile art of batik. Normally, wax-resist dyeing is the process which creates beautiful patterns and colours. Unlike the Javanese batik, the Malaysian batik typically depicts leaves, flowers or geometrical designs.
Meanwhile, the colourful art forms of Borneo beads will be another great contender for the best local arts. Besides, the beadwork remains integral to the cultural tapestry of the many indigenous communities in Borneo. Unsurprisingly, these beads used to be the indicators of one’s status and most believed the beads to carry power.
On the other hand, the kolam is an art form which appears during Deepavali and other special occasions. In order to welcome small animals like ants and birds long ago, the artists use coloured rice or powder to create the beautiful pictures.
Moving on, there is also the temporary dye, Henna. In general, the arts adorn the body with an elaborate pattern for special occasions.
Afterwards, there is the calligraphy. Recently, this artistic heritage is growing in popularity among art lovers. Now, in Malaysia, you can easily find styles such as the Islamic calligraphy and Chinese calligraphy.
Lastly, the Chinese lanterns are often parts of one’s childhood. The vibrant lanterns are made from papers. Traditionally, these would be lit up during Moon Cake Festival.