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Mah Meri, an indigenous ethnic minority group in Peninsula Malaysia. The term Mah Meri translates into ‘people of the forest’. Their ancestors used to roam the coastal areas of southern Peninsula Malaysia, Carey Island (an estuarine island at the mouth of Langat River) is their home now.
Their village, Kampung Sungai Bumbon, is named after Sungai Bumbon, one of the small rivers that flow through the village. Tompoq Tompoh itself is made up of 32 members (and still growing) with ages ranging from 9 yrs of age to 80 yrs of age. Some of the women in the group are also single mothers.Their earnings from the sale of handicrafts are only supplementary to their family’s income. The married women members spend a lot of time at their woodcarving husband’s workshop to help sandpaper and polish sculptures and masks made from nyireh batu.
The weaving initiative is to empower the womenfolk to be independent. Furthermore, the demand for their handicrafts provides economic benefit to them while helping to preserve our cultural heritage.