Discover amazing Malaysian brands and support marginalised communities At SEED’s Charity Bazaar!
SEED is a non-profit charity for the marginalised communities of transgender people and sex workers in Malaysia. The charity is run by Nisha Ayub – a trans woman herself – who was awarded the 2016 U.S International Women of Courage award for her tireless work in advocating for transgender rights.
Now, SEED is hosting a fund-raising charity bazaar in Publika on the 28th and 29th of September. At the Rise of Women Entrepreneurs Charity Bazaar, you can bet there’ll be stalls full of creative home-grown crafts, art pieces, fashion, body care products and more! There’ll even be forums where you’ll get to meet and hear from some of the amazing women (both trans and cis) like celebrity makeup artist Elle Rahman and The Body Shop Malaysia Managing Director Datin Mina Cheah.
“Socially excluded communities like the homeless, sex workers, transgender & LGB communities right at our doorstep need our support,” SEED explains on the event page. “SEED’s Charity Bazaar: Rise of Women Entrepreneurs aims to lend that support. There will be more than 60 bazaars selling arty knick-knacks, paintings, jewellery, t-shirts and everything else that’s creative. So come, spend, socialise, be entertained and in doing so, do your bit for the disenfranchised in our society. We can’t wait to meet you folks.”
SEED Charity Bazaar: Rise of Women Entrepreneurs
Where: Publika Indoor Mall
When: 28th – 29th Sept 201710 am – 10pm
Without further ado, here’s just a small selection of the stores that we think you should look out for at the bazaar!
1. Love Is
Since 2014, Love Is has become a favourite go to brand for bath and body products. Their products are lovingly handmade with natural ingredients for all skin types especially those with sensitive skin. You’ll find a wide range of bath bombs, bubble bars, scrubs, lotions, face masks, soaps and lip balms in scrumptious scents!
2. THE PILGRIMS
THE PILGRIMS is a conscious house retailing all things natural, local and handmade. From promoting local raw materials, artisan handicraft and ethically sourced supplies, The Pilgrims embody a consumer’s internal and external journey towards being kinder to Mother Earth. Look forward to leather handcrafted shoes from Fireworks, 100% natural & non-GMO travel towels by Real.m, Handmade and locally sourced natural skin care by Root Remedies, and Fair-trade bags by Nadsy.
Bakeology’s will be selling a variety of specialty cake loaves, signature vegetable brioche and sourdough, alongside with some savory pies, small light bites which is good for on-the-go. All are made from scratch using quality ingredients without artificial ingredients, artificial preservatives, artificial coloring/flavoring, food conditioner or additives.
4. The Food That Makes Us
This booth celebrates the ultimate pride of Malaysia – food! Here you’ll find the self-published book The Food that Makes Us, a collection of stories and recipes that shows when we make food, food makes us too. We also have a variety of illustrated postcards that feature our country’s mouth-watering delicacies.
From the jungles of Borneo comes Native Body & Skin, a range of skincare and spa products imbued with native and natural wisdom of the tropical Southeast Asian rainforest. Rich in plant-based active ingredients, essential oils, and often gathered and prepared by the locals, our products are untamed in its purest and unrefined form, leaving you with nothing but the best for your skin.
We will be presenting the NAZANIN brand with us on that day. NAZANIN belongs to a young Afghan refugee who makes beautiful crafts like pouches, clutches, and laptop covers by himself. He is represented by the Crafugee group, social enterprise committed to providing refugees with the platform to put their best quality handmade crafts to the public, with the hopes of giving them a better quality of life.
A watercolour illustrator based in Malaysia, Hsieying’s amazing paintings are derived from her interests in the natural world like plants and local food. She conveys them into prints and stickers so everyone can have a piece of nature with them!
You’ll be delighted by this collection of hand-crafted cardigans, jardigans and even coatigans using fabrics mainly from the UAE, France and Malaysia. Cardi.ology also works with Rohingya tailors – so get your cardis for a good cause!
A personal favourite of mine, Leatologie makes excellent leather goods ranging from journal covers, wallets, card holders to bags and more.