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Uncle Janggoats' henna art stall a hit in Langkawi

Last Update: 04/06/2019

LANGKAWI, June 4 (Bernama) -- Visitors to the Pekan Rabu Syawal bazaar here have been making a beeline for one particular stall the past few weeks, and the numbers are not showing any signs of dropping as Aidilfitri approaches. 

This Raya stall is a unique one, though, not just because it doesn't sell the usual festive Aidilfitri fare such as goodies and clothes, but because the trader who offers henna hand drawing services there, to the surprise of many, is a man. 

Wearing a tanjak (Malay headgear) as his trademark, Mohammad Fitri Mansor, 34, says he has been receiving many customers every night since he set up shop midway through Ramadan. 

“Every night, I get about 30 (customers) wanting their hands to be painted and the numbers have been going up as Aidilfitri approached. There are more than 50 designs to choose from such as floral patterns, Mandala, Arabic and even their (customers) own designs.

“Prices start at RM5 for the basic designs, and then on go up with the difficulty level or if the paintwork is time consuming,” Mohammad Fitri, who has been in the business for six years, said.

Known as ‘Uncle Janggoats’ among visual arts enthusiasts here, Mohammad Fitri, who is also the only male henna artist on the island, said the drawings can hold for up to a week depending on how the individual ‘cares’ for it.

Mohammad Fitri has been offering his hand drawing services at the same bazaar for the past four years, adding that demand keeps growing each year. 

“Before this, there were only about three stalls here offering henna drawing services, but now they are six.

“The number of customers keep increasing,” and notes interestingly that although his customers have all been women, there was one man a few years ago who asked for a ketupat design to be drawn on his hand. 




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