Pottery and Terenang
Pottery is a Malay handicraft that is made from clay which is fired in a kiln and then polished. The shape of each pottery usually depends on what function it will have. In Pahang, this tradition is still being carried on in Kampung Pasir Durian, Kuala Tembeling. The earliest evidence of Pahang Malay pottery, in particular the water vessels was found by their mention in ‘Malay Annals’ by Tun Sri Lanang. Wilkinson (1903) gave a definition of ‘terenang’, in his dictionary and Wray (1908) wrote about the pottery enterprise in his writings on Pahang.
Terenang (Wide mouthed water vessel) can be traced to originating from Kampung Pasir Durian, near the coastal areas of the Tembeling River, Jerantut. This earthen ware is shaped according to its use and is decorated with cloud motifs and specific measurements, of which are all different and unique. The traditional function of this vessel is to transport and keep water. If a used vessel is left to dry by itself, it is believed that the water put in later will always be cool and fragrant. The traditional purpose of retaining this water in a terenang was for a traditional healer to bless the water to treat ailments; which would then be used for drinking, sponging and bathing the sick person.