Unused corn husks can also be turned into beautiful works of art.
Kota Kinabalu: Who would have thought that corn husks could be turned into beautiful works of art like bouquets of flowers? This is because once corn kernels are processed into food or drink, the husks will usually be thrown in the trash or disposed of. However, with unique ideas, creativity and the Midas touch, the pods can be turned into flowers of different colors to be used as decorations or flower bouquets.
This was evident when Upcycled Shack founder Tressie Yap, 50, decided to share her hobby and innovative talent for turning corn husks into crafts with over 20 housewives in Kota Marudu through a course she organized together with her friend Farni Millis, a social entrepreneur. in the neighborhood. Kota Marudu district, located about 125 kilometers north of Sabah, is well known as a maize producer. When met at the “Corn Husk Craft” booth at the “Riuh Bah! Carnival in Keluarga Malaysia,” Yap said it all started when Farni posted a question on their WhatsApp group about the various uses of corn husks. so replied and i said i used to make crafts using corn husks like flowers and earrings but it was just a hobby. “After that, Farni asked me if I could provide the training? I said I could give it a try and we started it (handicraft course and training) about two months ago,” she said as she met at the Sabah International Convention Center here on Saturday. Yap said that although it has only been two months, the response from customers has been very encouraging, especially on Mother’s Day and they have also received orders for flower bouquets for weddings, birthdays and store openings. stores.
“These flowers are organic and ecological products because they come from agricultural crops. We want to follow the eco-responsible concept. As for the colors of these flowers, we use materials from plants such as turmeric, pandan leaves and onion peels. “Of course there are challenges in getting the materials (for coloring) but we are trying to overcome them. However, we will let customers know that we have dyed some flowers with food coloring,” she said. So far, about 2,000 corn husk flowers in different colors have been sold at a price of RM6 to RM7 each, and 30% of the profit will be distributed to each florist, she told Yap, who is also architect and social entrepreneur, said the course, organized as part of Community Empowerment Programs, was a joint initiative between Farni Enterprise and Upcycled Shack to empower rural women by using agricultural waste to generate income. Having ventured into recycling activities focused on the zero waste concept for the past eight years, she wanted to ensure that every discarded material was transformed into a functional product that always t protecting the environment. “We want to continue this effort to empower the community, especially in rural areas by turning agricultural waste into income. They need very minimal capital to start a business.
“This initiative is very useful for single mothers or housewives who want to become entrepreneurs to increase their income,” she said. Those interested in obtaining crafts produced by the Kota Marudu community can place their orders via the “Corn Husk Craft” Facebook or Instagram page or call 010-3961869.