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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

KUALA KANGSAR : Keris & Parang Making

 
 

KERIS MAKING

KAMPUNG PADANG CHANGKAT

Abdul Mazin has learnt the art of making Keris since the age of 12, and says that the skill has been passed down the generations from his great-grandfather who was a blacksmith.

 

Abdul Mazin from Kampung Padang Changkat takes a much longer time to create a keris, which is even harder to make as it involves amalgamating seven different types of metal products to make each blade, including metal from umbrellas, nails, fences, knives, and spades. The sheath of his keris are made from Surian wood while the blade handle is made from buffalo horns. Keris is a highly symbolic Malay weapon, which was used by Malay warriors a long time ago before the use of guns came into the picture, and today the weapon is significant in Royal ceremonies, Malay weddings, and other important functions. A traditional Malay mans costume in full regalia is incomplete without the Keris. Thus, the making of Keris is a highly special skill and art, passed down from generations and requiring the utmost patience and dexterity, not to mention strength, to create these symbolic masterpieces.

 

He incorporates traditional methods with some machinery help to create his Keris. Its not easy to make the Keris as once the alloy is created from the amalgamated metal, it has to be soaked in sulfur for seven days before lime is used to clean the blade, after which natural patterns will form on the metal. The whole process from scratch to complete can take three weeks. Thus, is not surprising that the price of these incredible work of art can fetch anything from RM550 to RM3,000 per piece. Abdul Mazin has created Keris for the Royal Family of Perak, for display at the Pasir Salak Museum, and also made the UMNO Panca Warisan Keris. A more modern complex in Kuala Kangsar called Mariwasa produces various paraphernalia, medals, award badges, souvenirs, insignias, epaulets, and uniform badges. Most of the products here are made from copper and brass but some are gold plated and even come in pure gold. They are made to cater to orders from the state and federal governments, corporation, or even for private, or individual needs.

 

 
 

PARANG MAKING

KAMPUNG PADANG CHANGKAT

At Kampung Padang Changkat, Haizul Annuar Hussin still toils with his handmade! fire blown metal smelter that uses charcoal, to make his Parangs. Not an easy task as he can

only complete two pieces a day.

 

The 39 year-old father of three who used to be a building contractor, learned the art of making Parang from his uncle and in six months, produced his first hand made Parang. He then travelled near and far in the country to get more skills on Parang making. He is now able to produce Parangs of various sizes ranging from those with 15cm blades to Samurai sword-like Parangs. The different forms of Parangs come with different names such as Golok Rembau. Tombok Lada, Golok Perak, and Rembau Camca. Haizul Annuar says that when there is a good demand, orders of 50 Parangs a month has been placed, but that is also the maximum that he can produce in one month.

 

The price for each of his handmade Parang can range from RM5O to more then RM300, depending on the order. The price usually will depend on size, wood, and metal quality, as well as carvings on the Sarong (sheath), which holds the weapon safely when it is carried. Surian wood is usually used for the sheath and he uses metal from car springs, chain saws, and chisels, which are smelted to create the alloy for the blade. According to this innovative metalsmith, there are eight others in Kampung Padang Changkat, which is located in Bukit Chandan, who are involved in making Parang, but his is the only fully traditional handmade product. It takes a week to create a Parang from the date of order, if you are keen to own one of these masterpieces.

 

 
 
 
KUALA KANGSAR : Keris & Parang Making
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA