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Beads International Conference 2011 Kuching BorneoThe bead culture of Sarawak, part of a greater Malaysian heritage, is rooted in centuries of tradition. An ancient maritime trading network linked Sarawak to the world. The beads most treasured today came from production centres on the Malay Peninsula, from India, China and even further afield. In the hands of Sarawak‘s craftswomen and collectors, these masterpieces of the glassmaker‘s art became intrinsically “Borneo Beads”.

The second edition of International Beads Conference (BIBCo) will be held in Kuching, on the 7-9 October 2011, with conferences, Beads exhibitions and sales and workshops. This international event  is organized by Crafthub Sdn.Bhd.

Crafthub is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote and sell Sarawak handicrafts in an economically viable way, with international standard quality control. Crafthub was set up in 2008 by a small group of people who understand the various crafts of Sarawak and who are passionate about bringing Sarawak craftwork to that wider world. It promotes handicrafts as a worthwhile occupation that provides a viable living for local craftspeople, and endeavours to encourage the younger generation into craft-oriented careers before many skills inherent in Sarawak’s craft heritage are lost.

Special pre– and post– conference tours to the Bario Highlands will be organized for BIBCo participants.

Detailed program on the Crafthub website or by downloading the Bib Co Brochure.

Related posts : the Tun Jugah Foundation, Pua Kumbu Museum in Kuching ; The Society Atelier, organises the World Eco Fiber and TextilesForum (WEFT), Kuching;
Mats of Sarawak by Heidi Munan; Iban sleeping Mat by Heidi Munan; GERAI OA The Indigenous people stall where you can buy Borneo Beads in KL

Lun Bawan ladies, Sidney Wee

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The National Textile Museum Kuala Lumpur and Cultural impact Sdn Bhd are proud to introduce “Sacred Ikat: From Heirloom to Trade”. This exhibition is at the Textiles museum until October 23rd.

Ikat textiles are found in cultures all over the world. Ikat is being woven in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico and also in Uzbekistan in Central Asia. India, Japan and several South-East Asian countries have long histories of Ikat production. Among the most admired ikat come from the island of Sumba and also from Sarawak. The Pua Kumbu – of Sarawak- shares many similarities with the Hinggi of Sumba, yet the legends, symbolism and rituals that surrounding the two vary.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to see beautiful textiles from Sumba and Sarawak.

A series event is organized  in conjunction with the exhibition, starting on Tuesday September 20th,with a Textile Forum with international textiles experts : Judy Knight Achjadi, Edric Ong and Marie-Christine Tseng. The panel of speakers will deliberate on the development of the weaving and lifestyles of the Sumbanese and Ibans. They will also examine the balance between aesthetics and practicality of these ikat textiles. ADMISSION is Free.

For the Forum, please register by replying to this email address: syahrul@jmm.gov.my; or asmah@jmm.gov.my
or call Syahrul or Nor Asmah @ 03-26943457/03-26943461

The National Textile Museum is housed in an elegant and historic building of Indo-Saracenic architecture. It is flanked by the Sultan Abdul Samad building and the DayaBumi complex at 26 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, near Merdeka square, Kuala Lumpur. Metro stations “Masjid Jamek” or “Pasar SeniP”. For more information, visit the Website: www.jmm.gov.my

Related posts : the Tun Jugah Foundation, Pua Kumbu Museum in Kuching ; The Society Atelier, organises the World Eco Fiber and TextilesForum (WEFT), Kuching ; Kuching page; Mats of Sarawak by Heidi MunanIban sleeping Mat by Heidi MunanGERAI OA The Indigenous people stall where you can buy Pua Kumbu in KL, Museum Volunteers Malaysia.

Pua Kumbu, Sarawak

Sumba ikat

I am currently in Malaysia, checking out new responsible tourism destinations and initiatives.

After spendind 2 days in Malacca with Serge Jardin (the Snail House), I relaxed  2 days with my family at the Sunset Beach Resort in Langkawi.

I am going tomorrow to Penang to check out the new bunch of heritage boutique hotels and B&B newly opened since 2009 .  If in a hurry check them out  on Penang Tourism Information website  and on Tripadvisor for customers reviews.

Then I will travel to Sabah.

Organised by Crafthub for the Sarawak Craft Council and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board, the event coincides with the Rainforest World Music Festival which has been attracting huge crowds from all over the world for 11 years – 12,000 persons attended in 2008!

The main focus of the Rainforest World Craft Bazaar is on the use of traditional materials and traditional skills enhanced by competent modern design.


Craft Bazaar 2009 Sarawak

Who are they and what they do

Fairview front doorThe Fairview is a family run guesthouse, ideal for the budget traveller and for families with children.
The World War II bungalow was the residence of a Chinese architect and businessman, Tan Sri Datuk William. It was turned into a guesthouse in 2003, first to keep the house alive, and secondly to generate income for its conservation, part of Kuching’s heritage.
Fairview is run by a local family, relatives of the late owner, Eric, Annie and Anson Yap. This friendly Kuching family will do their best to make you feel comfortable, and organize your journey throughout Sarawak. Read the rest of this entry »

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