Pusat Kraftangan Sabah (PKS)
in Keningau, has become a new landmark for the development of the handicraft industry in the State. The initiative is an on-going commitment of the Group in developing the rural people of Sabah to a high-income economy, thus helping to reduce poverty in the State.
The main functions of PKS are to develop the State's ethnic handicraft heritage apart from being a centre of handicraft collection, training, R&D and marketing of handicrafts. PKS also act as a collaborator in the development and promotion of handicrafts at home and abroad as well as supporting the Federal Government's initiatives in realising the 'One Village One Product' concept. With the establishment of the RM30 million complex, new job opportunities and economic spillovers were created particularly in the rural areas.
Three aspects of development are being emphasised by PKS namely, Handicraft Management and Entrepreneurial Leadership, Craft Design and Machine Applications, and Arts Development.
The Group is also working with reputable handicraft household and through such collaborations, youths are being exposed to gain the right knowledge in producing high quality batik.
Since its establishment, PKS has built a strong platform in the market, making it a competitive brand. In 2014, PKS was awarded the Malaysia Good Design Mark by the Malaysia Design Council (an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation) which is the highest recognition for the quality of product design and manufacturing. Through its marketing arm, Kristal Handal Sdn. Bhd. (KHSB), PKS is the sole certified producer of batik in Sabah and was among the 51 batik entrepreneurs who received Batik Malaysia MS 692:2007 certification by the Malaysia Handicraft Development Corporation in November 2015.
More than 20,000 people benefitted from the handicraft programmes organised by the Group, through the Zone offices and PKS itself.
PKS marked another significant milestone with the opening of Galleria Artisan. This showroom and outlet which operates in Yayasan Sabah Headquarters Complex ventures into conventional and contemporary experiences in both craft and art. Launched on 9 May 2016, Galleria Artisan presents to the public, especially tourists, its unique and intricate products ranging from handicrafts to batik. PKS launched its first documented book on craft and art entitled, 'Sabah Crafts', in 2016. Galleria Artisan received the Fair Trade Tourism Select-an Accredited Outlet Certificate during the Kota Kinabalu City Hall's Fair Trade Tourism Select outlet (Handicraft and Craft category) Accreditation Recognition Ceremony held at Tun Hamdan Theatre, Menara Tun Mustapha on 6 February 2018 as a recognition to tourism-related small business premises which put into practice aspects of accountability and fairness in their trade.
On 24 March 2018 Pusat Kraftangan Sabah (PKS) paints a new record in the Malaysia Book of Records for the longest hand-painted batik. PKS collaborated with six schools namely SM St. Francis Xavier Keningau, SMK Gunsanad, SMK Gunsanad 2, SMJK Ken Hwa, SMK Keningau and Kolej Vokasional Keningau with Sabah Visual Arts Association, Kolej Teknikal Yayasan Sabah (KTYS) and University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) in painting batik at 2,583.8 meter-long.
Courses at Pusat Kraftangan Sabah
- Textile Batik (also available at Galleria Artisan), dastar weaving, sewing gift boxes and folder
- Forest-Based (Wood Sculpture, Furniture Making, Bamboo, Rattan, Ribu-Ribu and Weaving)
- Earthen-Based (Ceramic and Hydrostone)
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Sunday/Public Holiday: Closed