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At the finale of the Stylo Kuala Lumpur Fashion Festival held last week, the designer Edric Ong was accorded the Mercedes Benz Stylo Award for Heritage for his collection and designs that best reflects the cultural heritage of Malaysia.

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Edric Ong has been promoting Sarawak indigenous craft with the Atelier for over twenty years. He uses natural fibers and natural dyes in his fashion collections and works closely with some skillful craft persons from the Iban community. His work contributes to the appreciation and promotion of Pua Kumbu in Malaysia and worldwide. http://edricong.com/

We are very proud of you Edric and very happy.

I need to hurry to write a post about your fabulous work.

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Catherine Bossis, 6th april 2009


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It’s time for family gatherings, end-of-the-year celebrations and holidays… and rush to buy the last Xmas gifts (why do I always wait for the last minute?). If you have no idea, there probably is a fair-trade shop in your city or village with a good choice of gifts.

Greenselipar’s team wishes you the best. 

Send us your green Ecards. We will post the best ones. No new post for the next two three weeks.

For last minutes Xmas purchases, some free ideas from Greenselipar’s team

In Malaysia, our favourites gift shops or friends :

Nature Ownlet MNS shop in KL, for  book about about Malaysia’s nature or a pair of leech proof socks

Gerai OA orang asli craft, Tompoq Topoh Mau Meri workshop for small and natural gifts pouches for name cards, necklaces, fine baskets ….

Badan Warisan shop in KL, for a book about Malaysian Heritage.

Theyartstudio and The Annexe Galleries for a contemporary art gift.

Buy high quality textiles at Pura Tanjung Sabtu, Tun jugah Foundation gallery in Kuching, Edric Ong and Artageouslyasia gallery in Kuching 

Gadis Manis for made in Malaysia fashion accessories, T-shirt and jewelry.

Elevyn for jewellery and craft from Sabah.

Friends of us 

Neelgar , Kamaldeep Kaur  is a young fashion designer from Gujarat India : she uses shibori process and natural dyes to produce beautiful scarfs, in cotton or silk.

Creative Bee, Bina Rao is a fashion and textile designer in Gujarat India. She works with hand woven material, natural dyes and traditional process.

French connexion :

Artisans du Monde a French platform for fair-trade food product , craft, game and books.

Altereco a faire trade company that sell mostly food products.

other international organizations:

Max Havelaar

Ethical superstore 

Goodgifts 

Gifts with humanity 

Written by Catherine Bossis, Kuala Lumpur, 16 dec. 08
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Who are they and what they do

Tompoq Topoh bunga moyang weaving

 

 

 

Tompoq Topoh means “the start of a collaborative effort”, from the Mah Meri word tompoq “the start of a weave” and topoh which means an interlocking mat pattern.

 

Tompok Topoh is a Mah Meri women’s workshop held in Kampung Orang Asli Sungai Bumbun, in Pulau Carey, not far from Klang, about an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur.  Read the rest of this entry »

Who are they and what they do

The Society Atelier Sarawak is a registered voluntary organisation (NGO) based in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak. Its three main objectives are:

  • To appreciate and promote, share and acquire knowledge of Sarawak Arts and Crafts.
  • To promote the cultural exchange of arts and crafts with other countries.
  • To encourage research and study into the history and evolution of the culture, arts and crafts of Sarawak.

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Who are they and what they do

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Reita Faida Rahim, started Gerai OA in October 2004. She is currently the leader of the volunteer group but she prefers to be considered the coordinator.

Gerai OA defines itself as a “nomadic volunteer-run stall which sells handicraft made by Orang Asal (or Orang Asli), the indigenous minorities of Malaysia”. They are not a business, not an NGO, just a volunteer group.

Their main objective is to preserve the indigenous minorities’ craft heritage by helping them to find and develop a sustainable market for their crafts. They only facilitate the sale of the craft and encourage the indigenous communities to develop their own businesses.

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