Akademi Nik Rashiddin (The Malay Keris) - Bachok, Kelantan Malaysia
Nik Rashiddin Nik Hussein and his brother Nik Rashidee Nik Hussein used to spend their younger days scouring the backlanes and shops for antiques both in Kelantan and across the border into Thailand. The boys began carving at a young age and their interest was not left unnoticed. Having finished his education, he was sent to Java to study at the famed Jepara carving school. And later he apprenticed with the legendary local carver, a Kelantanese by the name of Che Long
His passion for the keris egged him into designing beautiful hilts to match old,ancient blades bought in bazaars and backyards. Later, a young carver by name Norhaiza Noordin joined Nik Din in the quest to salvage as much of the Langkasuka Art before it vanished as one civilisation replaces another.
With this realisation that there was a limited local knowledge of the art of carving, Nik Din and Norhaiza worked on showing it to the public. A small exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur in 2000 led to a flurry of interest from the attendees and soon it led to a plan to exhibit the collection in London
Art of Langkasuka Tel : (609) 773-7135
Amongst all the exhibits is the jebak puyuh . a trap for birds especially quail & doves etc. Keeping birds are the favourite past time of Kelantanese and southern thais
A collection of bird traps show how in the old days, carving and decoration was borne out of not only necessity but of passion and hobby whether secondary or not
Norhaiza can be contacted at Norhaiza Noordin Malay Wood Carving, 79 Jalan Jerteh, Kg. Raja, 22200 Besut, Terengganu, Malaysia. Tel/Fax : (609) 695-7579 Mobile (6019) 983-4779, https://norhaizanoordin.wordpress.com