The Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur (JFKL) had successfully organised and concluded its inaugural Furoshiki Design Contest from 1st to 28th February 2021. Open to all arts and designs students in Malaysia aged 18 and above, the Furoshiki design is a square piece of fabric traditionally used in Japan to carry, store, or wrap objects.
Three reputable judges namely Assistant Professor Dr Debbie Gan Siew Siew, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Design and Built Environment, First City University College, Nik Faiz Nik Amin, Founder and Creative Director of Gahara and Nini Marini, Artist & Creative Entrepreneur oversaw the contest.
Out of the overwhelming 136 submissions received, and after a long deliberation, the judges came together and selected 3 winners for this contest as the following:
- 1st prize: “The Wave Tarik” by Chow Mun Ee (Sunway University)
- 2nd prize: “Parade of A New Beginning” by Khoo Yoon Yin (Saito University College)
- 3rd prize:“Batik of the Heavenly Seasons” by Muhammad Izzat Amir Bin Che Khalin (International Islamic University Malaysia)
The first prize winner received RM2,500, followed by RM2,000 and RM1,500 for the second and third prize winners respectively. The winning designs will be used by JFKL to produce furoshikis which will later be used for cultural exchange programmes organised by JFKL.
The judges’ comments on the three winning designs are available at www.jfkl.org.my/furoshiki-design-contest/ .
The Japan Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 1972 with the purpose of promoting mutual cultural exchange between Japan and other countries. The Kuala Lumpur office was established in October 1989. The primary objective of JFKL is to develop mutual understanding between people through culture and language within the region. The office also facilitates and supports the exchange of personnel and experts who work in the fields of Arts, Culture, Humanities and Social Sciences.