I was already excited to tour the Pewter Factory in Kuala Lumpur, but I was expecting something completely different. I thought we would see machines smelting and molding by the masses, but it was actually much more artisan. The Royal Selangor Pewter Factory is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur with branches all across the world. The KL factory only has about 300 workers that all work to produce over 1,000 different designs. They each have their own stations and work on a different stage of production, though all are highly skilled. For example, the one lady would create the hammered designs on the pewter mugs by tapping the same spot with the hammer twice and continuing the pattern all around the mug. A lot of the mugs with intricate designs were even hand polished. According to the tour guide, they work on one design for a period of time to stock up on their inventory and then move on to the next design. In between, they also work on custom orders. I can only imagine how much something like that would cost, considering the average mug was around 300 Ringgit (or about $100). Their products are definitely geared towards the more middle- to upper-class consumer, but I feel like since they are so pricey, the workers can’t be getting paid pennies, so I don’t feel so bad buying that beer mug!