73-year old Husin Yakub is loving and devoted father to disabled 37-year-old Mariani Husin who is very skilful at hand-weaving tudung saji.
Despite being born with hearing and speech disabilities, Husin treated Mariani like any normal individual.
The eldest daughter of three started weaving a few years ago with her colourful patterns of the tudung saji being her customers’ favourite.
Speaking to Sinar Harian, Husin said, “I fully support her effort and I’m not forcing her because I’m aware of her capabilities.”
Mariani learned the craft of weaving from a friend of hers back in 2015.
“In the beginning, Mariani weaved using paper ribbons before moving on to satin ribbons because the outcome was prettier,” he said.
Before the pandemic, Mariani sold her hand-woven products in the town of Sehari, Temerloh.
To show support for his daughter, Husin bought a motorcycle for Mariani as her means of transportation into town.
Husin also helps Mariani by promoting the products on his Facebook page.
“Alhamdulillah, requests for the tudung saji kept on increasing ever since a few doctors and nurses saw Mariani’s crafts while she got treatment at Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (Hoshas) Temerloh during the recent Ramadan.
“Sadly we had to decline a few orders because there’s only so much that she can make. Right now we’re focusing on the local markets such as Temerloh and Jengka,” Husin said.
Husin formerly worked at a factory before losing his restaurant job due to the pandemic.
According to Husin, the largest tudung saji is priced at RM70 while the smallest is RM35.
What makes Husin proud of his daughter is that she’s very independent just like any average individual.
“I will always support her even though her income is small.”
He also added that Mariani can only make one tudung saji a week.
Check out Mariani weaving a tudung saji in the video below: