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Jalur Gemilang-styled tudung altered to become Merdeka headdress for men

Last Update: 22/08/2019

KOTA BHARU, Aug 22 -- Not wanting to be left behind in expressing his love for the country, a native of Kampung Banggol Nangka, Pasir Mas, has decided to use the pattern elements of the Jalur Gemilang in producing the ‘Mahkota Alam’ headdress, or ‘tanjak’ to be worn by men.

Mohd Ridzuan Hassan, 37, said he came up with the idea to produce a Jalur Gemilang-styled headdress after finding that the Jalur Gemilang-patterned scarves were in high demand in the market, especially ahead of National Day celebrations.

"I used a Jalur Gemilang-patterned scarf which is sold in the market, and altered it to become a tanjak," he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

The Kuala Lumpur-based draughtsman said he began promoting the tanjak on his Facebook page in early August, and had received 20 bookings so far, to be completed by the end of the month.

"I am pleased with the positive response from customers on my craftwork, and this also shows that the spirit of nationalism among the community is still high," he said.

Commenting further, Mohd Ridzuan said he began making the tanjak for leisure purposes in 2014, and they were worn by his family members during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

“In 2016, I started getting serious about producing the tanjak, and sought knowledge from a teacher who specialises in it. Even today, I am still learning to improve my skills in producing the headdress.

"To avoid forgetting the knowledge gained, I took the initiative to practice it and sell the product to supplement my current income," he said.

Mohd Ridzuan said there were many types of tanjak used by the people, especially during the time of the Malay Sultanate in Melaka, and he has so far been able to produce 50 varieties.

The father of three said he could produce one to two tanjak a day, with prices ranging from RM80 to RM250, depending on the material used and specifications from clients.





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