June 6, 2016

Sarawakian Local Delight : Making Ketupat Casings

During the Fasting Month, nipah leaves are sold like this in the market or tamu. It is not easy to collect the leaves as the harvester has to walk into the swampy areas which might be infested with snakes. These nipah leaves are free from the swamps. So the collector could actually be making some money without any capital.
Nipah leaves are very useful and can be turned into any receptacle in the hands of a creative weaver. Here our local aunty from the Kedayan ethnic group is making the ketupat casing for rice cakes, during the fasting month.

This aunty is making her casings while waiting for business to come . What a good way of filling up tie.

Life in the tamu can be so creative and meaningful.

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