By Mei Kuan
The Meru Patchwork Society successfully raised a total of RM18,000 from its 14th charity bazaar which unfolded at the Function Room of Meru Valley Resort yesterday (December 4) from 9am till 5pm.
All proceeds from the annual event, which was RM1,000 more than the previous year’s, is to be channelled to a welfare organisation for the physically and mentally challenged in Silibin named the Loyal Handicapped and Disabled Children Home Association.
Held with strict adherence to the health and safety standard operating procedures, the highlights of the bazaar featured one-of-a-kind beddings handmade using the techniques of hexagon tapestry and Sashiko tapestry.
Other passionately crafted creations included tote bags, hair scrunchies, tumbler carriers, purses and pouches.
“We used to gather once a week on Tuesdays to make handicrafts in the Common Room of Meru Valley Resort. Presently, each member does it at their respective home following standard operating procedure,” Datin Mina Ushiama, Founder of Meru Patchwork Society, shared with Ipoh Echo.
There was delicious food galore, from traditional Christmas fruit cakes, chocolate chip cookies, muffins, chicken pies to karaage bento (Japanese lunch box with bite-sized fried chicken pieces).
There was also a jumble sale corner of both new and preloved houseware and accessories with affordable price tags.
Response was overwhelming as multiple items were already sold out in the morning such as a rare embroidery of the traditional kogin zashi technique, Mina’s queen-size bed cover and her homemade chirashizushi, a classic style of sushi.
“This made-to-order bed cover took me one and a half years to complete by hand. To date, this is the eleventh bed cover I stitched over the years,” the amiable Mina expressed.
Currently, there are 10 ladies of various ethnicities in the Meru Patchwork Society who are also members of Meru Valley Resort.
To learn more, visit the Facebook page of Meru Valley Resort.
Meanwhile, the Loyal Handicapped and Disabled Children Home Association is located at No 17, Lorong Silibin, 30100 Silibin, Ipoh. The foundation can be reached at 05 527 0355.