Kelantanese women find new source of income in crystal bead.
Free courses on crystal bead embroidery have helped participants in Kelantan to venture into small enterprises for side income.
One such person is Che Suraaya Hulaimi Sulaiman, 36, a housewife who said the teachers made it so simple for the participants to learn the techniques within three days and come up with their own designs.
The courses were organized by the state Women Development Department.
“Now I have started a home based business selling finished products like bangles, rings, necklaces and beaded baju kurung and kebaya,” she said after attending the course at the department’s office in Pengkalan Chepa recently.
Che Suraya’s teacher, Norhayati Sulai-man, 51, said the women from east coast had natural talent for fine handiwork.
She added that most of the participants had a basic knowledge of sewing and that was why it was easy for them to understand the mechanics of weaving the crystal beads to anything, particularly clothes and even bridal gowns.
“A bangle can be sold for up to RM50, a necklace for RM150 or even a bridal gown for RM1,500,” she said.
Norhayati added that most of the beads were imported from china as they were suitable for embroidery.
Che Suraya was one of the scores of housewives and single mothers who benefited from the programme started by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry early this year.
State Women Development Department director Asiah Putih said such courses would be conducted until end of the year. She said courses available including curtain-sewing and basic sewing courses for women.
Asiah added that the response had been encouraging and so far, more than 50 people had taken advantage of the opportunity and were already making a living out of what they have learned.
Note: This article was originally published in The Star paper on Friday, 14 August 2009 by C.A Zulkifle under Features of Starmetro. I typed out the article and manually retook the photos with my camera because I could not find the original article to link back to.