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|The traditional art
of pitcher making has been around for many years, but this
industry is still very much alive in selected areas of
These pitchers showcase the beauty of Malaysia's heritage and
most of the creations can be attributed to the skill and
natural talent of the women folk.
The art of pitcher
making involves the shaping of clay, which is then printed
with various designs, smoked and then baked to form a
handicraft which is lots beautiful and unique.
One of the most famous pitchers is
the Labu Sayong, which is black in colour and can be found in Sayong,
in the district of Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
The mere mention of
the name Sayong evokes the image of the famous black gourd-shaped
The idea of creating this gourd-shaped clay pitcher originated from
the use of actual matured pumpkins to store water, after the
contents had been removed and the inside cleaned.
In the past, Labu Sayong was widely used to store drinking water buy
The amazing thing about this black clay pitcher is
that it keeps the water cool and is believed to help prevent illness
and stomach disorder.
The making of the Labu Sayong emphasises
the elements of nature, from the use of the clay right to the
technique of shaping it with the hands.
The surface design is
usually made up of nature-inspired motifs and harmonious geometric
Till this day, Labu Sayong is greatly admired, not only for its
utility, but for its beauty and aesthetic quality.