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Batik and Patchwork Face Masks for Charity

By Mei Kuan

In an upcoming charity bazaar, Meru Valley’s Patchwork Society is spreading colourful cheers with hand sewn batik and patchwork face masks, all funds raised to be channeled to the care of disabled children.

Running for the 13th year, the annual bazaar will unfold at the Function Room of Meru Valley Resort on Saturday, November 7 from 9am to 5pm with strict adherence to the health and safety standard operating procedures.

Featuring a variety of handmade crafts, snacks and a jumble sale corner with porcelains and housewares among others, proceeds from the worthy cause will be fully donated to Pusat Jagaan Kanak-Kanak Cacat Setia (Loyal Handicapped and Disabled Children Home) in Silibin.

Initiated by Datin Mina Ushiama, members of the Patchwork Society get together every Tuesday for the love of handicraft and sewing. They have crafted fine creations in the form of face masks, purses, bags, cot quilts, coasters, handphone cases, bags, passport holders and more.

Explaining about the bazaar, Datin Ushiama shared: “This year we have handmade, reusable face masks to keep everyone safe. There will be two designs – one made from batik material and the other made of attractive prints and gauze, which has four layers (two layers of cotton and two layers of gauze). These very comfortable masks are priced at RM7 per piece.”

She added, “This time round we have added patchwork collections from some professional patchwork artists from Kuala Lumpur, namely Bovey Ho, Yoriko Sugihara and Yukiko Kojima. Bovey Ho who used to donate her crochet bags and dolls for our annual bazaars has made elaborate face masks upon huge demand this year, which will be sold at RM12 per piece. Yoriko has donated to us her ceramics like vases, teapots, and cups. Meanwhile, Yukiko has donated some of her handmade crafts to be sold at the bazaar.”

Ideal as self-loving essentials or gifts that give back, interested readers can contact Jia Huey at 05 529 3354 for more information on the event.

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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