Beautiful patchworks in conjunction with Malaysia Day at Cityone Megamall

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KUCHING: Patchworks of flowers, animated cartoon characters, patterns as well as themes depicting unity and cultures are now on display at Cityone Megamail here.

Visiting the exhibition is like walking through a garden of blossoms where everywhere you turn, you will be met with delightful sights of beautiful patchwork and dainty bags made from recycled items such as packaging for three-in-one coffee powder.

The patchwork exhibition is open from Sept 8 to 17. It is organised by Malaysia Creative Sewing Association (Persatuan Seni Jahitan Kreatif, PSJK) and Epal Handicraft Training Centre of Kuching. Customers who are interested may place orders for some of the patchwork creations.

The main masterpiece on display depicts Malaysia as a country of unity and solidarity. Along side the main patchwork are two other masterpieces where on on the right is a patchwork showing different races in Malaysia including the Orang Ulu, and on the left is a patchwork showing various popular Malaysian dishes including Sarawak Laksa.

Patchwork showing various Malaysian dishes.

Under these patchwork displays, there are thousands of fabric flowers which form the word “Sarawak”. These flowers are among those displayed at “Rise Up Like Flowers, Unifies as Fabrics” which broke a Guinness World Record for most number of decorated flowers made from fabric on Nov 3 last year, in Putrajaya.

The record was broken with 63,683 flowers made by various organisations including PSJK, Putrajaya Corporation and Malaysia Prisons Department as well as schools and other government agencies.

Thien Tsui Yan, chairman of Malaysia Creative Sewing Association (East Malaysia) stands next to the masterpiece display at the patchwork exhibition at Cityone Megamall.

“However, what we exhibit here today is just some of the flowers that broke the record. We cannot fly in all the 63,683 flowers and recreate the whole artwork here,” Thien Tsui Yan, chairman of Malaysia Creative Sewing Association (East Malaysia) told the

He said the patchwork exhibition is being held here in conjunction with National Day, and also Malaysia Day. Apart from that, it aims to depict Malaysia as a nation of racial harmony and unity.

Patchwork depicting an Orang Ulu girl.

“You can see some of our bags here are made from recycled materials such as three-in-one coffee wrappers. So one of our aims is also to create awareness that many (types of) waste can be reused again to create beautiful things,” Thien said.

Thien Tsui Yan, chairman of Malaysia Creative Sewing Association (East Malaysia) showing bags made from recycled materials such as packaging for three-in-one coffee powder.

Meanwhile, after being trained by Epal Handicraft, Upa Hanis from Lundu established her own niche by making usable bags out of discarded jeans.

“I like bags. I also like jeans. So I decided to turn discarded jeans into bags.”

Upa Hanis from Lundu who makes bags out of discarded jeans.

“I like to do this so much because even if the bags may be made from jeans of the same brand, colour, size and design, every bag will turn out different because these jeans after being used by different people, will end up having different colours.

“So every bag I make from jeans will not have an identical one. They are one-of-a-kind. And that brings me a lot of satisfaction,” Hanis said.