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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

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 stay at Muntri Mews hotel for this coming night
After a 30 mn never ending trip in a lift (stopped between the 22th and the 21th floors of my hotel in KL), a 4h bus trip from KL to Penang (Nice Bus, 74 RM), + a 20mn taxi ride (30RM, mahal lah!) from the Nice bus stop to the 77 Muntri street in George Town, I reached Muntri Mews.
Friendly welcome by the Muntri Mews staff, with a glass of fresh water and a pot of hot chinese tea. Lovely and spacious room with a fusion retro-stylish decoration.
Then I learned 2 new words : Mew and Flashpacker.
What’s a flashpacker?
Here is the answer of the “chic hotel” Ryokan opposite Muntri Mews
If you travel with your iPod, digital camera and laptop, you have officially placed yourself in the category of what we call flashpackers. If you are traveling on a budget, but you are looking for something a bit more upmarket and luxurious and as affordable as a hostel, you’re also a flashpacker.”
Both Ryokan and Muntri Mews target the flaspackers, but in different budget categories.

What are mews?

 It was a place where you store the horse carriages.
“Muntri Mews” was formerly the stables and carriageworks of the street’s grandest terraces. Carriages were kept below while drivers and staff were housed above in 12 worker’s quarters.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Centre for Orang Asli Concerns  (COAC) is proud to present “Cerita Ori”, a series of activities that centre around the original folklore of Peninsula Malaysia’s indigenous peoples. This not-to-be-missed series of events combine inspired dance choreography, ink drawings, poetry reading, Temuan music and live storytelling sessions.
Amongst the event highlights is the launch of a new book “Orang Asli Animal Tales”. You can also browse other Orang Asli related books in our reading corner, participate in a craft-making workshop, or shop for Orang Asli arts & crafts in the mini-bazaar.

At the Annexe Gallery , Central Market Annexe, Kuala Lumpur
From Tue 12 to Sun 17 Jan 2010

(Sun to Thu: 11am to 8pm, Fri & Sat: 11am to 9.30pm)
Exhibition Launch on Wed 13 January, 8.30pm, featuring dance performances by orang asli.

More information on their  facebook page

 

 

 

 

An evening of fun discoveries organized by Art-Ed or Anak Anak Kota (the children of the city), in Penang : Heritage Treasure Hunt, Traditional Food Cooking Experience (yummy), battlefield game for teenagers, traditional games… I wish I could be in Georgetown. Details and registration via their new  anak-anak-kota blog.

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