Announcement maiin-maiin is double fun. In the Malay language, just double a word to make it plural or change its meaning. When you have lots of plural words, it gets really fun!
maiin-maiin is double fun. In the Malay language, just double a word to make it plural or change its meaning. When you have lots of plural words, it gets really fun!
When our daughter Suraya was four, I started playing around with making summer dresses and crocheting and knitting stuff her. As an interactive media designer, I naturally toyed around with the idea of making a system of clothing and accessories where the elements are interchangeable. I liked the idea of wearing things that you can play with and learn from. On top of this, my partner Hanno and I began working on creating media that would enhance the tangible experience. Hence our products come with complementary print and / or digital media.
I come from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and have lived in Berlin since 1990. Suraya is growing up between two (and more) cultures. The Malay word “main” (pronounced “mai-in”) means “play”. Doubling words is a very special feature of the Malay language. It is used for the plural form or to give the word another meaning. Many find this very amusing. So, “main-main” (ma-in-ma-in) means ‘to play around or fool around’. This is what children can do with maiin-maiin's clothes and accessories. We will continue to add new things to the system.
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Noni / Zaki / Zakiah Omar
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
I am a media maker, who rediscovered her passion for crocheting, knitting and sewing about three years ago. Much of what I learnt from my mother, Azizah, resurfaced. She is a very fine craftswoman. Wish I had filmed her more.
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