10 Of The Cutest Artisanal Items To Get Your Mama This Mother’s Day

A mindfully, Malaysian-made handmade gift
By: Aqilah Najwa Jamaluddin
April 29, 2022

Seriously, what can’t our mom do? I swear every mom possessed this sort of a superhero ability to adapt in almost everything. You wanna checkout the new mall? She’ll take you. You want to try this new recipe you found on TikTok? She’ll get it done in a matter of time. You can’t remember where you last put your charger? She’ll find it for you. Seriously, no matter how much we show them our appreciation, it will never top what they’ve done for us. 

For some, shopping for mother’s day can be tough—because they deserve the world. Even if your mother has been playing coy about what she wants or you have a basic notion of what she is interested in, you may still want some direction. This year, why don’t you show your mother (and local designers) some love they deserve by shopping from these artisanal brands. 

You’ll discover unique gift ideas, a plethora of trendy accessories that won’t break the bank, and all the adorable and comfortable shoes her hurting feet will enjoy. Want to take a quick look at the greatest presents for mumsies from the local fashion scene? Here are Glitz choices of items.

1. Faith Handcuff by ALT

This bold, studded cuff casts a statement-making silhouette on your wrists or sleeves. It is entirely handcrafted by skilled artisans using upcycled and precious metals for consumers who prefer to shop consciously and invest in quality pieces. Featuring studded embellishments, this is a strong statement piece to elevate any look. Available in three colours of gold, silver and rose gold, style it by itself or with other thin cuffs to make it stand out.

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2. Libby Bag by Moy Studio

The Libby is an experimental take on a beaded bag, using dyed Mamalis Wood and acrylic to achieve the unusual and creative silhouette. Aside from the beauty of its design, this piece was designed with dual compartments, meaning there is enough space for all your essentials. This modern piece boasts beauty and function and is available in two colours — a Light Denim to match your jeans, or a warm Caramel to pair with neutrals.

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3. Batik Clutch: Browns & Purples by Pink Jambu

From silky chocolate tones to a lustrous lilac hue, these silk batik evening clutches boast stunning colours. Skilled Malaysian artisans hand-painted each piece of batik fabric before the clutch was handcrafted in Thailand. These stylish accessories are soft to the touch and have a luxurious texture. Large enough to carry your essentials, these pieces are the perfect accompaniment to an elegant outfit. In addition to being one of a kind designs, each evening clutch also helps support the preservation of heritage craftsmanship.

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4. Tongkol Fan by Pubumésu 

Inspired by fishmongers at the market. The masterful detail on this leather fan, including the individually punched holes that adorn the fish’s body, was fully handcrafted by shadow puppet artisans in Central Java. Part of Pubumésu’s Market Collection.

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5. Water Hug Earring by Ruang

A small hug earring with a water droplet shaped pendant. This piece debuted at Dia Guild’s exhibition, “Recrafting Stories,” in Kuala Lumpur. This accessory was crafted by skilled artisans in Bali out of 925 Sterling Silver. Wear it on its own for a simple look, or stack it with other mixed metals and Ruang pieces. The delicate curves of the handcrafted metal add a sleek touch.

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6. Infinity Chain Earring by Ruang

The infinite chain earring is handmade from 925 sterling silver. It is a versatile piece of jewellery that can be worn in multiple ways, and you can disassemble and lock the chain links as you choose to create a different look. They are semi-hollow, making them light and easy to wear, while their angular quality is a sure style statement. These pieces debuted at Dia Guild’s exhibition, “Recrafting Stories,” in Kuala Lumpur.

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7. Brown & Gold Pine Trees Jade Handbag SOPHIA by Shirley 

This design features brown and gold pine trees unfolding across the fabric. In Japanese culture, the pine tree is known to represent longevity, good fortune and steadfastness. This one of a kind piece is handcrafted from authentic vintage Obi silk from Japan. Shirley, the brand’s founder and sole artisan, spent hours making this bag by hand.  The genuine jadeite dangle is believed to bring good energy and adds a truly luxurious touch to this accessory. An exquisite evening clutch and bag that can also be worn with casual clothes to elevate a daytime outfit. You can hold it using the handle, or sling it over your shoulder using the hidden interior chain.

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8. Long Cotton Voile Pareo and Shawl by Suria Artisan Batik

These versatile batik pieces will be a staple in your wardrobe. Available in three handcrafted motifs: Canopy, Paradiso, and Pua. The prints are inspired by the rainforest, tropical leaves, and heirloom textile weaves from the indigenous Iban people of Sarawak, Malaysia, respectively. The delicate cotton is lightweight enough to bring anywhere, and you can wear these pieces as either pareos or shawls. Perfect for both a beach getaway and an aeroplane ride. The vibrant hues also stand out anywhere in the world. 

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9. Leah Long Ring by ALT

This linked ring is inspired by the contrast between Malaysia and Singapore’s colonial heritage building against today’s modern skyscrapers. It is entirely handcrafted by fair trade artisans for consumers who prefer to shop consciously for handmade jewellery. Featuring delicate crosses on parts of the ring, this is a strong statement piece to complement any outfit. Available in three colours of gold, silver, and rose gold. 

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10. Peacock Fanned Fan by Pubumésu

A striking peacock unfurls amongst the leather blades for a wicked style statement. Locally sourced calf hides from Indonesia were stretched, dried, punched, stitched, and painted, by hand, to create this unique fan.

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