One of Malaysia most famous pottery.
Pottery is one of the oldest crafts in the world and
each country has its own distinctive pottery craft.
Malaysian pottery is perhaps most famous for its “Labu Sayong” or literally “Sayong Pumpkins”. These are
gourd-shape pottery vessels that are renown for
their ability to keep liquids cool even in the
hottest weather. The state of Perak is synonymous
with Labu Sayong and the word Sayong is so named
because the pottery originated from the village of
Sayong, which is located in the town of Kuala
Kangsar, the silvery state’s Royal Town.
These black earthenwares are made from soft clay
found abundantly on the banks of the Perak River,
and then finished on the wheel where they are
incised with freehand designs. After drying in the
sun they are fired in small brick kilns. Both
terracotta and black-coloured wares are made, with
the latter obtaining their distinct colour from
being buried in rice husks while they are still hot
from the kiln.
water vessel consists of three main sectors-upper,
middle and lower parts. It is best described as a
vessel with a globular shaped body, a bowed neck, a
beveled rim with a dishaped flange plus cover and
slightly concave base. Other similar items produced
are the labu tela, labu kepala, labu gelugor tela
and labu gelugor kepala.
Some of the best pottery designs come from Pulau
Tiga, an area within Perak Tengah traditionally
noted for the handicraft skills of its local people
and the many products of their talents. In
recognition of these skills, a handicraft centre was
established at Pulau Tiga in order to further
develop the quality of the products, as well as to
display and market them. Among the handicraft that
may be seen at the centre are porcelain and clay
ware, gold thread embroidery, intricate weaveworks
as well as the local version of the Labu Sayong.