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Rope Walk

By Forest Ang
Rope Walk got its name from the business of making traditional rope. Unlike the modern day ropes which are made of nylon, they were made from the spinning of coconut husk fibers. Story was told that cart pullers made their living by delivering the ropes to the waterfront. The congregation of hard laborers and cart pullers eventually became thiefs' heaven for selling their merchandizes. Little items, old thrownaway, stolen goods and cheap products were peddled at Rope Walk. The "market" flourished into many adjacent lanes.

Collectible items like antiques clocks, machines and small household items can be bought at a bargain. Of course, new goods were being sold too - toiletries and herbal medicines to name a few. Services including repair of machines were also being offered.

The demand for more space for business and the disturbances created forced the relocation of Rope Walk to Lorong Kulit. Often people will refer Lorong Kulit as Rope Walk. Businesses are active during the morning and by noon, most stores would have disappeared.

Thye Huat Hardware shop at Rope Walk owed its sucess to the centrally located at the bustling business. Being at the vicinity of Komtar, Rope Walk was famous amongst tourist too. Today Rope Walk is just like any normal road with less crowd.

Rope Walk still lingers in my soul. The nostalgia of yesteryears where I patronized.


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