‘Sew’ good

Organised by Malaysia Association of Creative Sewing Art (PSJK), ‘Evolution Creative Art Stitches 2014’ and ‘Business Matching’ exhibition runs from Jan 6 to 14 at Plaza Merdeka

By Jude Toyat

YOU MAY remember your mother or grandmother busily working on a Singer sewing machine when you were growing up. You may still have that Singers sewing machine in your home, even if you yourself don’t know how to sew a stitch.


At the launch of the “Patches of Love” themed exhibition at Plaza Merdeka featuring a diversity of sewing projects, Minister of Welfare, Women and Family Development Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said that recent developments in creative sewing must be widely displayed to the community to shed public perception that sewing is just for clothes. Creative sewing also includes other categories such as fashion accessories, home furnishings, handicrafts and so on.


THE CRAFT OF SEWING: Datuk Fatimah (second right) giving a token of appreciation to DBKU Mayor Datuk Haji Abang Abdul Wahap Haji Abang Julai.


“Products from creative sewing can be seen as a lucrative source of income, especially for women who are single parents, low-income earners, disabled or housewives in Malaysia.


“Creative sewing can also bring people together,” she said, adding that closer relationships could be built through arts and crafts, besides assisting in preserving cultural heritage of family and country.


Organised by Malaysia Association of Creative Sewing Art (PSJK), ‘Evolution Creative Art Stitches 2014’ and ‘Business Matching’ exhibition running from Jan 6 to 14 will have more than 33 quilt blocks on display from countries around the world.


Each quilt block represents the identity and culture of their respective countries conveying the message that women around the world should come together and channel love and hope through the craft of sewing.


There will be other sections in the exhibition. In the bags section, there will be more than 200 different types of bags stitched from patented fabric on display. In addition, there are more than 150 pieces of patchwork quilts employing a diverse variety of sewing techniques on display throughout the exhibition.


One of the attractions of this exhibition will be ‘Kid Can Sew’ which will give children aged 6 years and above the opportunity to learn how to sew, which is an excellent programme for children in developing their interest in creative sewing.


The ‘Business Matching’ aspect of the exhibition will also help introduce and match PSJK members with potential clients from government or private sectors .


To date, PSJK in Sarawak has more than 500 members who are mainly housewives who are supporting their families with their craft.


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