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Terengganu's Dying Breed Of Keris Artisans


Last update: 10/01/2018

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama) -- Smack in the heart of this state capital stands Kampung Ladang Titian, also dubbed the "keris village", a popular stop for tourists.

Over here, Zulkifli Yusoff, 51, and his stepbrother Mohd Ghazali Mohamad, 32, are part and parcel of the local attractions as they are among the few denizens of the state who have taken the trouble to perpetuate the heritage of keris making.

They are skilled in the craft of making the keris' wooden sheath and hilt or handle, with the blades being made by ironsmiths elsewhere in the state.

The keris is a type of dagger that is deep-rooted in Malay culture and tradition and is unique for its double-edged wavy blade and elaborately carved hilt and sheath.

This writer was unaware of the keris village's existence until recently when she was in Kuala Terengganu on a holiday and came across a brochure at her hotel that highlighted Terengganu's rich heritage of Malay arts and crafts.....