Wau Bulan maker flying the flag in South Korea for Malaysia
Last Update: 25/09/2019
KOTA BHARU, Sept 25 -- Traditional wau (kite) maker, Wan Anuar Sapie, 41, from Kampung Pauh Badang, lucked out when asked to spend a week in Busan, South Korea promoting Visit Malaysia Year 2020 with his intricate wau bulan.
The only representative of Kelantan culture going, he said he will be bringing five kites which are about a metre in size and with one to be specially presented to the mayor of Busan.
“I’m very excited to be going to Korea because it is my first time there. I’m grateful to the Kelantan state government and Kota Bharu Municipal Council (MPKB) for this invitation,” said Wan Anuar to reporters before embarking on his “mission” to Korea yesterday.
The father of four with 21 years of experience in kite-making said the wau bulan - which combines a half-moon and crescent shape representing the lunar phases - was chosen because it is closely tied with Malaysia.
Wan Anuar’s expertise was passed down to him by his father, the legendary kite maker, Shafie Jusoh, 70, who passed away from a heart attack last year.
“I started getting good through observing my dad who was an acknowledged wau master. I watched him every day when I was small, so automatically and over time I became good at making the wau,” he said, adding he decided to continue the family legacy seriously in 2017.
Helped by his wife, Wan Rohanizan Wan Mamat, 41, he makes 16 kinds of wau, among them wau kucing, wau cenderawasih, wau udang, wau barat, wau kenyalang, wau kangkan, wau helang and wau puyuh.
He said it takes him three days to one-and-a-half months to finish a wau depending on size and pattern.
“Many wau pupils call it quits when they reach the design stage because it requires a lot of creativity and is a complex process,” he said.
He said the price for a wau depends on design difficulty and size, and usually starts from RM150.
With customers from as far as Europe ordering a wau from him to decorate their home, he said his most expensive wau so far has cost RM5,000.