Top Of The World


Amidst the plethora of things traditional in Malacca, it’ll be injustice not to mention this amazing craft I came across. I stood with dropped jaw witnessing what this gentleman demonstrated within the confines of his little shop. He walked with a limp but his pose upon striking a spinning top was nothing short of a pugilistic master. The traditional craft of spinning a top is pure skill as there’re no complicated mechanism to do the job. It’s a delicate art of tying, handling and throwing. I was so amazed that I bought plentiful tops from him and left almost addressing him as “Shifu”.


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