Kia Klemenz is proud to be associated with the University College of Sabah Foundation (UCSF) and fully supports the program of UCSF to give young artist throughout Sabah the opportunity to learn the art of batik painting, under the skillful guidance of master painters Mohamad Amin.
Part of the sale of these batik paintings goes towards the respective artist to support their financially disadvantaged families.
It has to be mentioned that Rokiah (Kia) has spent most of her teenage life in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Keningau and she has a soft spot in her heart for these young talented batik artists and she refers them as “Anak-Anak Sabah”.
This visit did not only give an insight into the artist’s work, but the two ladies were also invited to some of the artists’ humble homes in Keningau.
“It was quite emotional to drive back to Keningau and to revisit areas and places where I have spent wonderful years of growing up”, says Kia.
Of course the town of Keningau has grown and so the population and lots of improvement by the State Government could be noticed. “What took us one full day in the older days to drive from Kota Kinabalu to Keningau, took us only 2 ½ hours’ drive. “A visit to Keningau is a Must, while visiting Sabah”, proudly outlines Rokiah.
Kia Klemenz has a gallery in the boutique with a wide selection of batik paintings, from abstract to more traditional, and with beautiful designs of plants & tropical flowers, sea life and/or butterflies.
Drop in and the Kia Klemenz Gifts & Souvenir boutique is located at the new entrance of Taman Botani Perdana Kuala Lumpur, close to Masjid Bukit Aman and Police headquarter and opposite the new parking house.
Open daily from 9.00am till sunset