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Visit to Labu Sayong Producers

Labu sayong is the cover page of Kuala Kangsar. This majestic piece of art is one of
Malay potteries craft heritage originated from the state of Perak. This hand-crafted
work has the specialties of its own. It has not only gained the attention of locals, but
from people across the country, as well as abroad. The stored water in the Labu
Sayong is colder than usual and it is believed that the water can refresh the body when
Labu Sayong is an adaptation of a gourd and served as a symbol of intellectuals of the
Malays in the past. It is produced through several traditional processes in stages and it
takes some time to complete. However, nowadays many entrepreneurs have switched
to a new innovation in the manufacturing process. Now, Labu Sayong has been
produced by using moulds. This innovation can produce commercialized product and
the process is more productive than the traditional ways. Labu Sayong is not only
produced for water storage anymore. There are Labu Sayong produced merely for
decorations and other purposes.

Bringing SMK Bawong students to outside school environment would be an

incomplete experience without visiting Labu Sayong producers. Two Labu Sayong
producers were visited and the main objectives were to expose the students to the
Labu Sayong production process. Students had chance to see how Labu sayong is
produced from clay to final product. The reinforcement of abstract learning with
learning experiences was one of the objective. During the visit students were given
questions based on what they have seen during the visit and also they wrote reflexions
on the same matter. Another objective was to explore students curiosity to gain new
knowledge. Students were allowed to ask any questions related to Labu Sayong
production to Labu Sayong master.

The first LS producer visited is located nearby Istana Kenangan in the old village.
This place is operated by Pakcik (DAMN I FORGOT HIS NAME). The traditional
techniques of production are mostly used by this producer. Due to limited space only
students and few facilitators had chance to go inside the production room. There they
were mere observers. They could see how the Labu Sayong was given different
shapes and sizes from clay. No one had chance to try to shape the vessel,
Once visit was finished, a token of appreciation was given to the owner and a group
picture was taken.

Our second and last stop was Win Kraf. Win Kraf is currently operated by Mr
Ridzuan Hamli and his wife Sudiwati Wajid. Ridzuan Hamli owned this company
from his family. He also attended several courses both within Malaysia and oversea to
further enhance the skills to produce Labu Sayong. In this place all students and
facilitators were able to watch all Labu Sayong production process step by step. Mr
Ridzuan explained how clay was mixed, how to make varieties of sizes and shapes of
Labu Sayong. The only step we could not watch was backing since it is done during
the early hours of the day as safety measure. We also had chance to size and shape our
own Labu Sayong. Win Kraf uses both traditional and modern techniques to produce
Labu Sayong. Since there were finished items some of us were able to purchase this
royal handcraft, Labu Sayong.
At the end of the visit a token of appreciation was also handed to Mr Ridzuan and his
wife as sign of gratitude for having us in their property, and group pictures were

As a conclusion, visit to Labu Sayong producers went as planned which is a sign of an

absolute success for the whole group. All objectives were met: students were able to
write their reflexions and answer all quiz questions related to Labu Sayong; during the
visit they asked questions which helped them to further expand their knowledge not
only in Labu Sayong production but also the meaning of it to Malaysian culture.
Furthermore, students as well as facilitators had wonderful time being exposed to
production of this majestic piece of art.