“I don’t like wearing socks when I wear my shoes. So when the sole lining of my shoe came off, I had to repair it!” 8 year old Anjali quips. Repairing her shoes was so easy she did not have to think much about it. “All I had to do was spread some glue, wait a bit and put it together!”
Anjali had come for Repair Kopitiam with her sister, Sophia, and her parents. Dr Kiruthika, Anjali’s mother, was thrilled to bring her family to the event. Like many parents at the event, she felt that it was a great opportunity to expose her children to the world of craftsmanship and of course, repair.
The hands-on learning experience also bodes well for both parents and children. “Learning together is the way to go. Children learn much more from doing new things together with their parents rather than being taught directly by them,” Dr Kiruthika explains.
Given the nature of products being mass produced these days, it is always easy to dispose and buy new products due to its cheaper costs. However, that comes at the expense of people not learning to value their objects.
“How much work that goes into making something, the sweat and time, goes unappreciated. The exposure to repair in Repair Kopitiam helps people, especially children, understand the value of objects,” shares Dr Kiruthika.
While more can be done to effect the ecosystem of production and consumption, we can still do our part by taking the right attitude towards it. As we say in Repair Kopitiam, “Love your barang? Fix your barang!”
*barang = things