Friday, June 19, 2015

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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thanks, Club Med!

The 9th of June 2015 marked EnWeave Community’s first group of volunteer’s first day at Club Med.

For context and the benefit of you readers, EnWeave was lucky to be a part of Club Med’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and carry out weaving sessions in conjunction with their Family Nature Fun programme. 

Aside from raising awareness about upcycling, it was also a good opportunity to promote the art of weaving to Club Med guests.

As soon as we arrived Club Med Cherating, Team 1 was greeted by the extremely hospitable staff and especially a man named James, who made sure we were well accommodated. We settled into our rooms in no time as we had help with our luggage and the baskets plus materials we’d brought.

One of the first few things that overwhelmed us was the energy everyone had at this resort, always up and going! We knew it was going to be an exciting week ahead.

True enough, day one of conducting our weaving session, we were delightfully surprised by the response we got from fellow guests at the resort. A lot of people were interested in the session and our pro-poor project that helped disadvantaged ladies. 

The session was conducted by the pool, where laughters were heard as our participants got crafty with their fingers to roll and weave. 

Some of them admitted that it was tedious and required patience and persistence, even though it was just a repetitive process. 

“Up, down, up and down,” you would hear us weaving trainers guiding the Club Med guests with their basket. 

One of the Team 1 weaving trainer was Mali, a retiree volunteer who’d help out with EnWeave’s initiative after she left her corporate job in the financial sector. Everyone agrees that her patience and crafty hands make her a great weaver! Especially with the eager ones who couldn’t wait to finish their baskets, Mali would always diligently help them out.

Nadia, a fellow volunteer who’d just graduated from university was also a weaving trainer with us. She had a swell time teaching the guests!

Club Med was also kind enough to let us display our items at their boutique. The boutique manager, Ashley made sure everything was in place.

If you want to purchase our items, you may do so at or just snag something from the boutique!

Thanks, Club Med for being extremely accommodating!

Tam Xueh Wei