Category: Arts & Crafts

Mui-Wo pop-up market attracts huge interest

Ashleigh Theunissen, the organiser of a Mui Wo pop-up market, says she’s been overwhelmed with interest in the retail event.

Since announcing it on Facebook she says she’s had inquiries from people wanting to sell crafts such as jewellery and fabrics, importers of goods including Kenyan products, and those offering edibles such as scones, jams and cookies.

The market, located next to Pause Cafe (opposite the children’s playground) is planned for September 12-13.

With the high level of interest already shown, Ashleigh is confident she can put on further markets every two weeks.

It’s a small space though, with only room for around 10 stalls, so places will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

Ashleigh, who lives at Tai Tei Tong, said she is setting up the market to provide “something new and exciting” for Lantau on the weekend.

“It also gives people the opportunity to grow their small businesses.”

To become a stallholder, contact Ashleigh for a registration form at

You can also follow @muiwomarket on Instagram and Facebook.

From ceramics to soaps, more Lantau Christmas gifts*

More Lantau creations to fill your Christmas stockings.

Straight from the kiln

If you’re looking for beautiful handmade gifts, local artist Fatima Morrissey has some stunning ceramics.

Decorated with wood block print and blue underglaze and finished with clear glaze, these cylinders (above) can be used as cup or as a vase. Price: HK$220

These customisable four-piece sets (above and below) are made to order. This set (above) uses batik woodblocks: Price for set of four: HK$980

Handpainted magnolia set with graffito decoration. Price: HK$1180

How to buy: Ready-made items can be purchased at The Village Bakery or directly from Fatima. or phone/Whatsapp 66806763 NB: Made to order can take up to three weeks to complete.

Cotton on to a cause

A social startup, Stitch Up, founded by HKU Social Venture Management students, is selling upcycled pieces of fabric.

They take unwanted scraps of fabric from the textile industry or hotels and turn them into reusable bags that are a cheap alternative to plastic. According to team member Kathryn Davies:

Our bags are useful for single-item produce, general shopping bags, personal and electronic items, as well as storage and organization. We’ve got a range of bags in red and green — perfect for wrapping Christmas presents in an eco-friendly way! 

The ultimate aim is to help underprivileged people by providing employment opportunities while helping the environment.

The bags are priced from HK$20-HK$150.

How to buy: Phone/WhatsApp Kathryn on 9549-1462 or email

Handmade soaps

Mui Wo-based Rebecca Chan produces around 20 different types of soap, gift sets and special orders.

She uses cold process to make her environmentally-friendly soaps. All are made with natural ingredients, with different formulas for different skin types.

Prices range fom $50-$250.

How to buy: Imprint Bookshop, Mui Wo or order from

Horny T-shirts


You can buy a ‘Keep Lantau Horny’ T-shirt from the Lantau Buffalo Association for just HK$120 (usually HK$150). It’s a well-made shirt that will last years.

LBA is also selling this greeting card featuring the prize-winning buffalo portrait by Natasha Ramsey. Price: HK$50

How to buy: Contact

On the buses

The NLB buses may not enjoy the iconic status as our buffalo, but they are a ubiquitous local symbol.

You can buy a model version from Kwoon Chung Motors. You can see the full range here.

How to buy: Contact

Prices: Around HK$260


  • Part 2:  Click here for Part 1:

Your Lantau Christmas Gift Guide*

If you’re dreaming of a Lantau Christmas, here’s a guide to locally-created products to fill your stockings.

Lantau designs

Lantau Ren has a selection of playful, beautifully-made products that resonate for Lantau residents. If you haven’t experienced them already, you should.

Lantau Ren founder Shirley offers the choice of Son of a beach T-shirts (HK$150), hand and bath towels (HK$260 and $480), canvas bags (HK$95-$125) and – her own creation – clankets (from HK$210).

Shirley also makes jewellery and clutches sold exclusively at Four Seasons Hotel and online.

But hurry! Lantau News readers are eligible for a 25% discount between now and Monday (December 11). Discount code: LANTAUNEWSXMAS17.

How to buy: All items can be bought through the Lantau Ren website.

Hot and saucy

The Gallery at Tong Fuk has bottled its fabulous hot sauces in two flavours – jalapeno and habanero.

It’s celebrating these sauces with a range of cool T-shirts, made out of top-grade cotton from Gildan, in strawberry red and charcoal grey.

The sauces sell for HK$65 a bottle and the T-shirts HK$200 each.

For those who want to go the whole spice, the sauces sell for a wholesale price of $33 per bottle for a pack of 24 (minimum order 2 packs).

How to buy: Phone 29802582 or Whatsapp 91315388

Gardening guide

For local gardeners learning to cope with Lantau’s unique conditions, the South Lantau Garden Group (aka SLUGS) has come up with a harvesting and planting guide.

Co-designed by SLUGS founder Sally Bunker and Susan Mertens, it’s priced at HK$65.

SLUGS is also selling Christmas and greetings cards at HK$10 each or HK$50 a set.

How to buy: Available from the Imprint Bookshop, Lantau Base Camp and Garden Plus, or Whatsapp 96644368

Green reading for kids

If you’re looking for something distinctive for young children why not introduce them to Gavin Coates’ vivid environmental tales?

The local author’s books include Earthy Love (for infants – HK$99), The Last Nut, (5-10 year-olds – HK$129) and Pinky the Dolphin and the Power That May Be (5-10 year-olds HK$149).

How to buy: All are available through the Earthy Store or WhatsApp Gavin at 96713057

Colourful Hong Kong

For slightly older readers, Hong Kong Movers and Shakers brings to life a colourful cast of characters from the pen of another Lantau-based writer, Jane Houng.

Just released, it brings to life the likes of colonial administrator Sir Mattew Nathan, who moved mountains to build Nathan Road, Cantonese opera singer Sun Ma Sze-tsang, who brought his audience to tears, and the legendary kung-fu artist Bruce Lee.

How to buy: HK$65 from Commercial Press bookshop in Tung Chung or any of its other 20 branches or online.

* Part 1. More gift ideas in Part 2 tomorrow

Photo (top): Cable car hand towels from Lantau Ren