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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.

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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 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

Heidi Munan mat weaver in longhouseMat-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 the rest of this entry »

Take a stroll through the heart of George Town and immerse yourself in the Asian cultural blend

GT-encens burnerThe “Street of Harmony”, a one-kilometer trail designed by the Penang Heritage Trust (PHT, Heritage guides of Penang) is a good place to begin to experience the religious and cultural coexistence of Georgetown.

You can follow the trail on your own with the very clear and informative map (World Heritage Site Map of George Town) published in October 08 by Areca Books, or ask for a guided tour at the PHT office (about 50RM/hour).

The trails leads you through narrow streets framed by buildings representing the major world religions – Mosques, Hindu, Taoist and Buddhist temples, Anglican and Catholic churches – and rows of old shop-houses. It also takes you through the different communities and trade quarters, some still existing and alive like Little India; or those immortalised through streets plaques: Armenian street, Chulia street, Aceh street… Two other self guided heritage trails are available; the Historic Enclave walk and the Colonial Heritage walk. Check at the PHT office or on their website for the guided tours available. Read the rest of this entry »

STAY IN TOUCH with Gerai OA : Rockin’ For the Environment,  EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT

A two-day Arts, Music and Educational Fun Festival with a major focus on animal and environmental conservation awareness : Eco-Fair Bazaar, Environmental Talks, Adopt-an-Orang-Utan activities, Fun & Games for children, Gerai OA, Singer songwriter acoustic performances and more!

FREE entrance.

where: SoHoKL @ Solaris Mont Kiara
when:  Sat & Sun, 18 & 19 April 2009
time:  12 p.m. – 6 p.m

More info on Gerai OA Facebook page 

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