Monday, November 12, 2012

Kampong Sarang Buaya, Batu Pahat: A Kiteplaying Spot

Kampong Sarang Buaya is a small village in Batu Pahat District, Johor. Literally, it means Crocodile's Nest Village. It gets its name because there were many crocodiles in a river nearby some time ago. They are not seen now but there are evidences that they may still exist.

There is a small handicraft workshop in the village specializing in Wau making owned by Encik Sater Kasdi, who is also a farmer. He is assisted by his wife and son who, together, love making and flying wau in the National Wau Competiton in Johore, Kelantan and Sarawak. Encik Sater has been my Wau buddy for a while and we have travelled together quite a bit both locally, and to China and Indonesia.

On a hot and windy day, you will be able to see villagers flying their homemade kites and wau at an open ground in the village. Kiteflying competitions are held ocassionally as a recreational activity.

A villager adjusting the Wau briddle
 
A Wau with the tail resembling a horse (Kuda Kepang)
 
 
Encik Sater and his son with their Wau Bulan and Wau Jalabudi
 
Some villagers enjoying the scene
 
Encik Sater launching my 10 footer Wau Bulan

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