This exclusive mengkuang tote bag with kelarai-weave is named after its original designer (Khadijah Yong), who has been one of the pioneers in modernising the mengkuang-weaving craft. This piece is her signature design and colour, with a new touch of handmade batik lining. It is intricately made with mengkuang leaves that went through labourious processes (cutting, thumping, drying, dyeing) before they are ready to be woven.
Khadijah Yong, who is the founder of HKY Collections, has personally hand-dyed these mengkuang strips with her signature colour. Her sense of aesthetics often stood out from the rest, with designs and colour palettes that would fit well in both kampung and modern homes, or even art galleries. The thoughtful merging of traditional techniques and contemporary colours have pushed the craft forward, and reflected her long-standing experience in the industry (over 32 years). She works with talented ladies in several villages across Terengganu throughout the production process.
It is truly a labour of passion and perseverance, and would be a conversational piece to the beholders.
Measures 30cm (width, bottom), 45cm (width, top) x 25cm (height, excluding handles). However, it may slightly vary due the nature of a handmade product.
Made with hand-woven mengkuang (pandanus) leaves and hand-blocked batik
The button is made with coconut shell, while jute rope is used as the closure.
Handmade by HKY Collections, a collective of women-weavers.
Can be wiped with damp cloth to remove dirt or stains. Alternatively, it can be spot-washed by hand with cool water and set out to dry.