| Fadhil Yunus |
TRADITIONALLY and exclusively handcrafted products were an instant hit at the Mukim Gadong ‘B’ Consultative Council Charity Bazaar Sale in cooperation with the Brunei-Muara District Office at the Dermaga Diraja in the capital, yesterday.
According to Major (Rtd) Haji Bakar bin Sapar, Penghulu of Mukim Gadong ‘B’, the bazaar is aimed to collect and raise donations for orphans residing in Mukim Gadong ‘B’.
Vendors have set up booths to exhibit a range of traditional items from cooking utensils to personal accessories. Aptly positioned on a circular wooden holder, a well- known item called ‘The Gegawi’, which resembles a paddle, is synonymous to Bruneian families during the wedding festivities. It attracts avid collectors mainly for the purpose of uniting large crowds on memorable occasions.
Key chains attached with diverse rock materials such as Pengasih Sekampong, Penundok Sangkil and Pulaie Manang are also on sale.
Among the popular items are hardwood kris (traditional weapon) formed in various styles like a finely- tuned blade and miniature hardwood kris.
Those with an eye for fashion can substitute common and plain beaded accessories with bracelets made from traditional resources including Madang Sisik, Petagar Besi and Saga Saga.
The MPM Gadong ‘B’ Charity Bazaar Sale ran from 9am to 10pm, yesterday but one vendor claimed that he had set up his booth since 7am. Traditional music further enlivened the shopping bonanza. Activities for children such as a colouring contest and Tamiya race as well as haunted house, bouncers, fun fair and a Zumba session were also held.
The five-day bazaar sale, which ends on December 31, is also organised by the Women Bureau of the Mukim Gadong ‘B’ Consultative Council. The opening hours during the sale period are from 9am to 10pm.