Rattan Weaving with Sim
  • Penang, Malaysia
  • 20 hours over 5 days

Rattan Weaving with Sim

Amidst the heritage shops of Penang, explore the traditional art of Malaysian rattan weaving. Sim will teach you how to make a variety of different products with rattan in his historic family shop. You will get a feel for his daily life and rhythm, all while creating your own works to bring home.


One Guest
USD $280
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $120
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Meet the Artist

Sim started apprenticeship with his father (master rattan weaver Sim Buck Teik) at the age of 17. Unlike his father who is devoted to the Malaysian art form of Rattan weaving, Sim also works with bamboo and creates both traditional and custom products.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Making round, square and oval shaped products with soft rattan. 
  • Combining rattan with fabric and bamboo.
  • Materials.
  • Your handmade rattan products. 

Explore Penang

From the National Park in Teluk Bahang to the street vendors on Kimberley Street with offerings as diverse as the people preparing them, Penang is an explosion of sound, color, and smell. Roam the clustered streets of George Town for murals by international street artists, or head to Bukit Mertajam's old town for a much less touristy experience. Our favorite way to see Penang, though? Rent a scooter and go for a drive around the island.

Guest Reviews

  • Nancee, Singapore

    Wonderful experience learning the art of weaving with Master Sim. As there was no language barriers, we had so much fun interacting with him and his family. Throughout, Master Sim was very patient and his teaching is simple to understand. We were able to finish and bring home with us 3 different baskets in the 5 day workshop.

  • Madeleine, Malaysia

    Was really good, he is excellent and his family also. They were very nice to me and his English it's good enough to explain the techniques. I love it!

  • Ellen, Sweden

    I felt very welcome and even though their level of english wasn’t very strong, I never felt uncomfortable or misunderstood. Poh was a good teacher - it was easy to follow and understand the different moments and I must say he had a great patience too! Overall I had a really great experience and enjoyed not only the course and the nice stay, but also the city, the nature and astonishing food of Ge Read more

  • Georgiana, Singapore

    Over 5 days, we made 4 baskets of different shapes and sizes each, which was quite a feat given that we were both beginners at working with rattan. Mr Sim taught us the basic structures for making a round basket using a basic weave from the beginning, and progressively work up to more challenging techniques (like a more complex braided weave to close off the basket). We worked with and learnt abou Read more