Pusat Kraftangan Sabah was established back in 2012 with the main purpose of preserving and promoting Sabah’s handicraft to the local and international markets. The centre was officiated by The Right Honourable, Datuk Seri Panglima Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak , Prime Minister of Malaysia on the 16th June 2012.
Yayasan Sabah Group, the parent company for Pusat Kraftangan Sabah has been involved with handicraft development since early 80’s when Tambunan hosted the first Handicraft Training Program organized by Yayasan Sabah Group. The program is centered on the basic skill-set required for handicraft-making. Over the past two decades, similar programs were held on various locations to address the native needs and introduced handicraft-making as an alternative to improve the standard of living of the indigenous group.
Recognizing the importance and impact of these programs, the Chief Minister of Sabah cum Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yayasan Sabah Group, The Right Honorable Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman, through Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) 2008-2025 plan selected Keningau district to be the state hub for handicraft development centre. Keningau, among other districts in Sabah are rich with its cultural heritage and an abundance of resources associated with handicraft-making.
Pusat Kraftangan Sabah operates as a training ground for the local natives of Sabah in handicrafts for forest-based products, earthenware,textiles, and other forms of productions. The centre proudly announced its trained personnels exceeding 19,626 trainees with over 1,043 training courses (2011-2016).
Kristal Handal Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Innoprise Corporation Sdn Bhd was selected as the marketing arm for Pusat Kraftangan Sabah. The company has participated in most local and international exhibitions intended for handicraft promotions and to develop prospects. Through collaborations made with Yayasan Sabah Group and Pusat Kraftangan Sabah, Kristal Handal Sdn Bhd successfully recorded a surplus yearly and has organized local and international level fashion shows attracting the domestic and international markets.
Pusat Kraftangan Sabah and Kristal Handal Sdn Bhd invite any interested parties to be part of a working entity that helps to preserve the cultural identity and heritage upheld by the State Government of Sabah and continues to develop the handicraft industry, locally and globally.