The People That We Met

The best part about our weaving session was that it was a very family friendly activity. Children and adults of all ages could take part in it, and we’d cater according to their capabilities and time constraints.

For example, children who were younger and not so sturdy with their hands weren’t left out as Uncle Asok taught them how to make rolls, the foundation of basket weaving.

This little team of cousins and their enthusiastic energy was surely a delight to work with! 

It was pretty funny, but mostly cute, when the two boys kept on asking to learn how to weave a different basket that was on sale when the little girl just kept rolling diligently. 

Personally, I was delightfully surprised to find children interested in our session. Unlike the usual glue and scissors arts and craft, weaving a basket required much more patience. 

In the picture below, we have a pair of sisters working on an eco-basket together. Despite getting slightly frustrated halfway weaving, they persisted and managed to complete one!

For those at least 12 years of age, we let them go ahead and try a basket on their own. Even though it did take quite some encouraging for some of them, most of them did rather well.

This Malaysian girl was surely an interesting one to teach as she talked about how she didn’t like to do “what normal kids do” and hopped onto our weaving session instead.
Another heartwarming sight to see was when a young couple completed a basket together as we explained what Upcycling was to them. They were fascinated because it was their first time hearing the term and he even said, “We’ll be sure to go home and teach our boys!”

All in, the weaving session really blended in well with Club Med’s Family Nature Fun campaign. We managed to use this opportunity to spread the up-cycling and conservation news. Besides that, EnWeave Community also managed to train volunteers (especially Malaysians who were from the Klang Valley) to train others of this art in the future.

Tam Xueh Wei


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