National Treasures

AUTHENTICITY IS THE NEW buzzword in this golden age of travel, particularly when it comes to souvenirs. Forget the generic keychains and fridge magnets made anywhere else but here and take some of these true blue Malaysian creations home with you instead. 

One of the most recognisable players in the pewter trade, the Royal Selangor name has been synonymous with high quality Malaysian mementos since 1885.

With over a thousand unique items to choose from in its award-winning collection, there’s something for everyone.

How about a keris-shaped letter opener? A personalised pewter tankard? Or even fine jewellery pieces from Selberan and Comyns, luxury names under the Royal Selangor umbrella?

You can have your purchase monogrammed within two to three working days, or create your own pewter bowl at the School of Hard Knocks and the Foundry within the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. 

Derived from the word ‘architecture’, ARCH Collection certainly lives up to its name with its expertise in producing intricate designs in wood. Its signature 2D art pieces or 3D miniatures are constructed from different layers of laser-cut wood veneers, ensuring no two are ever alike.

A variety of stationery, magnets and accessories are offered in its portfolio, but it is the intricacy in their 3D miniatures of famous landmarks that is truly arresting. Nothing says ‘I have been to Malaysia!’ better than having a wooden replica of the Petronas Twin Towers on display, or a framed carving of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline on your wall.

An unbeatable one-stop destination for all things Malaysian, Karyaneka carries everything from batik and songket (a Southeast Asian brocade) to woodcarving and weaving – and the best part is, all the products are guaranteed to be made locally, ending the days of factory stops on bus tours to buy ‘authentic’ wares. Get an organiser wrapped in colourful batik fabric or an orchid crystal table clock for the office, orangutan stuffed toys for the kids, and a woven mengkuang (screwpine leaf) bag for everyday use.

If you’re in the area, a visit to the Craft Complex on Jalan Conlay wouldn’t go amiss either. Karyaneka has an outlet there and you can watch real artisans at work or make your own takehome goodies!

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