WAU MERAK

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Wau Merak is believed to have originated from Sulawesi, Indonesia and is flown mainly by the Bugis people. It is mainly flown by them after the paddy harvesting season.

The design of Wau Merak assimilates the characteristic of a peacock, normally this wau consist of a ‘balong’ (Crest of a fowl) like a peacock and the length of the tail is four times the size of its body. The tail is made of wool thread. 

The specialty of Wau Merak is its hummer, it is able to produce seven different melodies or sounds. This is possible as the wau is originally played at night. 

The Malaysian Traditional Wau Book in Hardcover are available for sale at the Museum