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WAK GAPPO TU ? : Koto Barghu, From Dawn to Dusk

Koto Barghu, From Dawn To Dusk

Some shots I took around Kota Bharu.

From early morning to very late in the afternoon.

Of those things that we normally overlooked, or have no idea of.

Even, as a Kelantanese.

* 0800 hrs : Heading to the market by force.

The main gate.
Istana Balai Besar, Kota Bharu, the town.

* 0915 hrs : Promoting the Red ( and green ) revolution.

The octagonal space.
Siti Khadijah Central Market, Kota Bharu, the town.

* 1000 hrs : Checking out new talents.

Candek / Red Whiskered Bulbul ( Pycnonotus jocosus ) Singing Contest.
Taman Seri Cemerlang, Jalan Kebun Sultan, Kota Bharu, the town.

* 1100 hrs : Arguing over homeworks.

Pak Ya's Macaque Training School.
Kampung Pulau Tukang Dollah, near Pantai Kuala Pak Amat, Pengkalan Chepa.

* 1330 hrs : A crash course with an Aviation Engineer.

Haji Ismail Jusoh & Sons aka The Kitemaker.
Kampung Kijang, Jalan Pantai Cahaya Bulan.

* 1400 hrs : Deciphering old literature.

Islamic Seminary.
Pondok Terusan, Pasir Tumboh.

* 1430 hrs : To be Picasso or not to be.

Nordin Batik.
Kampung Paloh, Jalan Kampung Sireh.

* 1500 hrs : Growing flowers indoor.

K.B. Permai, silvercraft.
Jalan Sultanah Zainab - Kampung Sireh - Jalan Hamzah - Jalan Pasir Pekan junction.

* 1530 hrs : Learning new meaning of " entangled ".

Cik Minah Songket.
Kg. Penambang, Jalan Pantai Cahaya Bulan.

* 1600 hrs : Carving out the love of his life.

May Kris, woodcarver for Malay blades sheath and handle.
Kampung Atas Banggol, Jalan Pantai Cahaya Bulan.

* 1630 hrs : Hauling up the day's rezeki.

Fisherman's pier.
Kampung Pulau Gajah, near Sabak, Pengkalan Chepa.

* 1700 hrs : Tending to freshly arrived customers ( and fish ).

Pasar Gok Kapor.
Lorong Gok Kapor, near Kampung Cina, Jalan Pantai Cahaya Bulan.

* 1800 hrs : Lazing in the late afternoon heat.

Wooden platform.
The Old Masjid Kampung Laut, Nilam Puri.


These are some notes in relation to some of the above images, depicting them not now but a hundred years ago.

Like some of you might have guessed, from no other but the guidebook named " Kelantan : A State of The Malay Peninsula ", written by the former Bangkok appointed British Advisor to Kelantan, William Armstrong Graham ( 1902 ~ 1909 ), and was published by James Maclehose and Sons, in Glasgow, Scotland in 1908.

On Silver crafting :


" At one time the silversmiths and goldsmiths of Kelantan were famous for the high excellence of their work, and there is still a good deal of old silver-ware to be seen in the houses of the nobility, judging by which the men who made it must have been possessed of considerable skill. Unfortunately, however, this art is now almost extinct, and the work turned out by the few native jewellers who hang about the Court of H.H. the Raja is not to be compared with that of former generations. "

Trade, Commerce and Industries, Chapter XI, page 68 ~ 69

On Weaving :


" Weaving is chiefly confined to the capital. In almost every house there are one or more looms upon which the housewife and her daughters weave silk sarongs, the excellence of which is justly famed throughout the Peninsula. In these good times most of the people possess at least one silk sarong for holiday wear, and the value of the silk goods exported is over $20,000 per annum. The pattern of the Kelantan sarongs is all made in the weaving and is not painted on afterwards, as is the case with the sarongs of Java and to a certain extent with those of Tringganu. The best quality are made with checks of different colours something after the fashion of Highland tartan, very handsome effects being obtained by tasteful blending of colours. "

Trade, Commerce and Industries, Chapter XI, page 65

On Fishing :


" Some thirty thousand people live by sea-fishing and fish drying. The nets used vary in size, the largest being that worked from a " Payang " a large seaworthy boat with a crew of 20 men. The fish are sought for by divers, one of whom accompanies each boat in a little canoe. On reaching a likely spot, this person paddles off by himself and presently leaves his canoe and goes below. Down on the green depths he can, if failrly expert, both see and hear the fish if there is a shoal in the immediate neighbourhood, and when he has done so he at once rises to the surface and indicates by signs the presence and size of the shoal, and the direction in which it is travelling. No sooner are the signals perceived than every man bends to his paddle, and the great boat rushes through the water, describing a wide circle round the diver and paying out net as it goes. When the circle is complete the drawing begins, and, if a big shoal has been netted, the wildest excitement prevails as the circle narrows. The men haul upon the net like fiends, shouting and yelling with delight as each large fish appears. When a big catch is safe on board, a short dance of triumph precedes the hoisting of the sails and a quick run for home, followed by further ebullitions of joy when the women come down to unload the cargo. Such of the fish as is not eaten fresh, is cleaned, salted, and dried in the sun, thereafter being packed in large baskets for exports ..... "

Trade, Commerce and Industries, Chapter XI, page 66 ~ 67

On Kite Flying :


" The kite flying season begins in December and continues until March, when the north-west wind drops and the land and sea breezes begin. At this season large numbers of kites are to be seen flying above the capital on every afternoon, filling the air with a loud humming produced by a bow like arrangement which is fastened to each kite. The kites are flown late into the night, and rows of little lights are then suspended from the kite from the kite strings with pretty effect. "

General, Chapter XVIII, page 132

On the Market :


" The market is a large and commodious building, is densely thronged every day, and here excellent fish and provisions of all kind are plentiful and cheap, and beef and mutton are sold twice a week. "

Towns and Villages, Chapter VI, page 28

On Women and the Society :


" This being a Mohammedan country one might expect to find the female part of the population confined to the houses or allowed to go abroad only on rare occasions and when carefully veiled from the vulgar eye. Custom, however, has decreed quite otherwise, and, as regards the position of women, the Kelantanese follow the customs of their Siamese, Burmese, Cambodian and other Mongolian neighbours rather than the sterner percepts of their adopted religion. The women move about with perfect freedom, buying and selling in the markets and in the shops, visiting their friends and assisting their husbands in their agricultural pursuits, and except for the wearing of the Kelumbong, which burlesque is the only concession to Islam, their habits and manners are scarcely to be distinguished from the usually modest behaviour of the females of other Indo-Chinese races. "

The People, Chapter V, page 24 ~ 25

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