The 34-year-old said he first learnt the art at a batik factory out of desperation at the age of 15, as he had to help supplement his family’s meagre income.
“I started work then as my father was a farmer and found it hard to provide for his family of nine children on his income alone,” said Mohd Shuaimi.
The father of two who hails from Pasir Mas, Kelantan, said that when he started out, he had to juggle his studies with his painting and only got paid about RM8 for each finished piece.
Mohd Shuaimi had reason enough to smile as he made RM35,000 in sales and bookings from March 20-25.
He confessed though that this was not his highest takings as he had made RM48,000 over four days during the Umno Convention at the Putra World Trade Centre last year.
Florence Skim Sujang, 41, from Kuching, was depending on foreigners, particularly Singaporeans, to make up the bulk of her customers.
“I usually receive many bookings for my rattan products that I bring from Sarawak,” she said.
Kraftangan Malaysia promoter Hardiana Johar said the exhibition was aimed at proving that Malaysian products were as good in quality as products from other countries.
The sale was held in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and organised by the Kraftangan Malaysia Johor branch, showcasing merchandise from 55 entrepreneurs nationwide.
The local artists and craftsmen displayed their skills and creativity with an interesting spread of products that included batik, woodcarvings, ceramics and fine glass carvings.
Source : STAR
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