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Craft of Sarawak

Heidi Munan mat weaver in longhouse 

Mat-making is a skill known to every Borneo society. The rainforest abounds in suitable raw materials: reeds, leaves, barks or rinds. These ever-renewable fibres were fashioned into mats for everyday use; until the early 20th century few longhouse dwellers had furniture other than maybe a storage chest inside their family rooms. Sitting, eating, sleeping was done on the floor, on mats……Read more, check out the two contributions written by Heidi Munan on this subject : Craft Sarawak- Iban sleeping mats by Heidi Munan and  Craft Sarawak- mats of Sarawak by Heidi Munan.