Indigenous Crafts of Malaysia


The indigenous community has a large role in shaping the graphics, arts and crafts movement in the country. ‘Gerai OA’ actively documents, revives and revitalises the indigenous craft heritage of Malaysia. Gerai OA conduct research, lectures, craft workshops and training sessions throughout Malaysia for and with the Orang Asal (OA), the indigenous minorities of Malaysia. This section explores the different indigenous community, their crafts and contributions toward the design heritage in Malaysia.

Gerai OA is a volunteer-run, mobile stall selling crafts, books and other materials by and about the Orang Asal (indigenous minorities) of Malaysia. And 100% of the sales price is returned to the artisan, their businesses or NGOs. For more info, go to

Photo credits Khing Su Li / Reita Rahim

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