There have been a great many types of traditional coconut scrapper.
We have been quite use to the original scraper with a wooden base which the urban Malays have been using. Today this old fashion wood base coconut scraper can still be found in many kampong homes.
Then when electricity came to Sibu as late as the 1960's some one invented the electric rotating scrapper. The proto type is still in use in many parts of Sarawak. We thus started to buy grated coconut by the katis in sundry shops. How convenient it was for women!! We made onde onde and other kuihs more easily after that. Kaya was made faster as a result too. We did not have to start from scratch.(or scrape)
However if we look at our fellow women in the rural areas who do not have the benefit of electricity we realise how fortunate we are in the cities and towns.
This simple metal scrapper is used by many housewives who do not have the benefit of the urban service of an electric scraper. They have to depend on their own coconut trees behind their longhouse for an old coconut to drop and save for the time they need to make their cakes or kuih.
Besides scraping coconut this metal scraper can be used to scrape many other kinds of root vegetables.
What a clever and simple invention.
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