Brehi: Kelantan, under the skin

This photography book is a study of the five performing arts that define the state of Kelantan—wayang kulit, makyong, dikir barat, menora and main puteri. The book features 85 colour and black & white images of dalangs and dancers, poets and singers, actors and musicians—behind, on– and off–stage.

For the book cover, initial designs never felt quite right, as any one image that was used seemed to imply that the book was about that particular performance. With the photographers’ suggestion, we explored the merging of images, giving it a sense of mystery, intimacy, and a hint of sensuality.

To further enhance the nature of the book, each chapter title of the book used ligatures and flourishes to create a sense of movement and performance. Some of which had be designed as they weren’t available within the chosen typeface system.

Client: Soraya Yusof Talismail and Ariff Awaluddin
Studio: William Harald-Wong & Associates / 2018

© Zarina Othman 2023