Learning to Craft Pewter in Setapak

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With the world’s largest pewter tankard, as certified by the Guinness Book of Records.

Life is often unpredictable, often throwing curveballs and surprises at us out of thin air, but amidst the uncertainty, there’s one thing that Malaysians can count on: at some point in their lives, someone will present them with a pewter gift.

It may be in the form of a tankard, a photo frame or a tea sets. It might even be a souvenir plate with a retirement message on it, and you’ll proudly put it in your display cabinet as a talking point for when guests come to the house.

The metal alloy primarily made up of tin — known as pewter — means something to Malaysians, thanks to the popularity of Royal Selangor, a global, household Malaysian company renowned for its fine craftsmanship of pewter products.

Sending someone a Royal Selangor gift conveys thoughtfulness, appreciation and that little expense was spared to procure a gift in the pewter category. Often enough, it’s presented to friends from other countries as a showcase of one of the country’s best and most unique products — an affirmation of the “Boleh” spirit, if you will.

The company set up three visitor centres some years back; in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Singapore, to introduce visitors to its history, factory, the process of pewter making and products. Even though their gifts are so beloved and distinctly us (Malaysian,) I suspect most locals, myself included, wouldn’t know how to explain the significance of pewter to outsiders, let alone accurately describe what it is. Continue reading