During the week I was invited by a Malaysian batik artist to attend a Malaysian Tourism expo in Kuala Lumpur which was held near the National Textile Museum, in Merdeka Square.
|Muzium Tekstil Negara, Kuala Lumpur|
The Muzium had a stand at the Malaysian Tourism Expo, with demonstrations of weaving:
|Demonstrating weaving techniques with rug wool and card|
There were also demonstrations on how to prepare various national dishes including a giant vat of Dodol, a confection made from coconut milk, jaggery and rice flour, heated and stirred until thick and gooey, which is a traditional sweet during Eid ul-Fitr (Hari Raya).
|The leg on the top left indicates the size of this bowl!|
On Saturday night Angela and Hijjas hosted an 'Open House' at Rimbun Dahan, where they invited around 200 guests for dinner. The whole place was transformed into a sparkling sea of lights, with outside dining tables lit by candles, and many food stations where different dishes were prepared for you on the spot - it was magical. I forgot to take photos until the end, when everyone was excited about eating the durian, that King of Fruits you either love or hate with a vengeance.
|Inside the creamy, custardy - and stinky - flesh|
|Special ice shaving machine|
Anyway, my weekly encounters with wildlife....Yes, I have now met Mr and Mrs Tikus, who ran into my studio the other night hunting two little frogs who had hopped in from the renovated fishpond. I've never jumped on a chair so fast in my life. And I found this giant snail in the garden towards dusk just outside my door. Hard to tell the scale here but I think it was around 10cm or so. It looks like the introduced African Snail, Achatina fulica, but correct me if I am wrong.
And before you think I've just been spending my time reading, eating and socialising, I have include a photo of my studio with almost finished piece of work I started last week.
|Yes, trying to hide under the table is Santan.......nakal!|
Next week I promise I will have photos of the dyeing I have started and some of the other drawings I've been doing.
Until next week,