Award-winning ‘Wau’ designer impresses with attention to detail and intricate designs | Way of life
Wau flying is not just a form of entertainment, it is also an art form that takes years to master.
This year, Intermark Mall decided to make the traditional art form the ‘king’ of its Raya decoration, giving visitors the opportunity to take a closer look at the art and remind everyone of the rich history and tradition of the city. country.
The mall collaborated with wat-manufacturer Razi Said to show his craft and even demonstrate it to the public.
We managed to catch up with the craftsman who shared with Rojak Daily how he came across his interest in wau-manufacturing and more.
Looking at the intricate designs on display, we could only imagine the hours of labor involved in making a wau.
Our jaws almost dropped when we learned that Razi was spending months finishing just one.
There is no precise timeline, as it all depends on how much time Razi has between his full-time job as a clerk in a law firm, his family, his other hobby – restoring old things, as well. as leading conferences and workshops. at wau.
“Even the simplest will take at least a month. It also depends on the time I have.
“If I come home from work, am well rested and feel ‘fresh’, ideas will come. But when I’m tired I don’t even want to watch a wau», Explains Razi.
He said he only found love for wau-do in your late thirties after being married and having your first child.
Previously, his time was spent on a more adventurous activity – superbike convoys.
Once he found out wau-Manufacturing, Razi spent six years learning the craft before starting to feel confident enough to compete in competitions and the like.
“I was born and raised in Selangor. I’ve never been exposed to things like wau-manufacturing.
“Once I found out, I got interested and trained at Kelantan for six years. I used to go back and forth between states, especially on the weekends, to learn the trade, ”he said.
From choosing the right bamboo and shaping the main structure to creating beautiful designs to compose the entire wing, there are a lot of techniques to master before you can successfully make a wau it impresses.
Fast forward to 2021, Razi is an award-winning and well-known wau maker in the circle.
Each wau made often has the characteristic style of the manufacturer.
Although there are different types of wau when it comes to structure like the Wau Bulan, Wau Kucing and Wau Jalabudi, the creations are entirely at the discretion of its creators.
When it comes to Razi, he seems to like using the bitter gourd plant for inspiration, although you can also see the influence of other plants and flowers in his work.
He even makes some of the tools himself, like the blade used to cut papers for the wau design, as well as the knives used to shape and shape the bamboo plants.
If you look at his designs, they often have multiple colors. This is done by manual overlay.
Razi gets a general design drawn on a piece of paper and sculpts the parts he wants to add color to. He then sculpts smaller pieces of paper in different colors and sticks them where he wants them to be.
He explained that the paper he uses is similar to that used to wrap gifts. Often times he uses silver, gold and black to make the designs stand out and combines other colors according to the designs he comes up with.
If his work is beautiful, it is also functional.
Razi and his team represent Wilayah Perseketuan Kuala Lumpur in wau local competitions and have won numerous awards.
“My interest is in wau who fly. It takes a lot of skill to fly a wau. One of the competitions is to keep the wau in flight as long as possible within 10 minutes, ”explained Razi.
Within ten minutes, chances are that wau to tear, so the team must be ready to make quick repairs and get it back on the air to win the competition.
Not only does the whole process take skill, but it also takes a lot of practice and teamwork.
Razi showed us how a decor wau is different from the one that works in that some parts of the wau must be foldable and the measurements must be precise. Both types can be awesome works of art, but only one can fly.
Razi is happy to share his knowledge and even gives lectures at local universities as well as workshops at his home.
However, the wau that he did for competitions and for his own satisfaction are not for sale.
“People have offered me thousands of ringgit for some of my wau, but I don’t want to sell. Sayang,” he said.
If you are curious about how wau are done, you can go to the Intermark Mall every Saturday at 2 p.m. until May 15, 2021, where you can watch Razi demonstrate his craft.
The mall is also offering coupons and gifts to buyers this Raya season.
Stock up on all your Raya goodies at Jaya Grocer’s Fair of Delectables Raya, which takes place upstairs in the lobby from April 19 to May 23. From festive treats, baskets, imported dates and chocolates, shoppers will be able to get all of their favorite snacks just in time for Raya gifts!
Buyers who spend RM500 and more on two cumulative receipts can redeem a Pyrex gift, RM50 meal vouchers, and an exclusive set of Intermark Mall Hari Raya packages.
Shoppers who spend RM300 and more on two combined receipts throughout the mall can purchase a Bacarat scarf for RM50 (normal price is RM139).
Those who spend RM200 and more on a single receipt throughout the mall from May 3-9 can redeem a free RM10 cash voucher from Grandmama.
Happy shopping and happy to enjoy the beautiful wau on the screen.