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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

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Kuching is a perfect destination for a traveller to start exploring Sarawak in Borneo, especially if you travel with children and are aware of responsible travel.

Kuching  is a nice town offering a wide range of good museum – maybe among the best in Malaysia -, nice heritage buildings from the 19th century, wide and safe sidewalks that allow you to discover the place slowly  – everything is at a walking distance –  and the best sunset I have ever seen in Malaysia

Kuching giant spider BakoNature and wilderness – proboscis monkeys, orang-outan, turtles,birds, big spiders..- are easily accessible at less than one hour, as well as nice and quiet beaches. And no leeches waiting for your blood, that’s great! 

The place offers also many opportunities to learn about the indigenous communities of Sarawak.

Check out the 2 posts we already published :

The Society Atelier, which conducts research and promotes the traditional craft of Sarawak, especially weaving. Now you can even have your lunch in the beautiful bungalow.

The Tun Jugah Fondation, Kuching, Sarawak : a must see museum for textile lovers especially for the indigenous ikat weaving of the Iban, called Pua Kumbu.

Check out our selection of useful links before I finish my writing about Kuching. Read the rest of this entry »

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

Greenselipar’s selection of books, magazines, films, websites, about Malaysia is now available in the FAVOURITES page.

Here is our list of the day :

People, Indigenous communities

 “My life in Sarawak, the Ranee of Sarawak,” BROOKE Margaret(in French Reine des coupeurs de Têtes), Editions Olizane, Genève, 2000, 255 p.

“Iban Ritual textiles”, GAUVIN Traude, Singapore university Press, 2004, 356p

« Bornéo, Des “chasseurs de têtes aux écologistes “», GUERREIRO Antonio and COUDERC  Pascal, Ed. Autrement, Paris , 1991, 219 p. (FRENCH)

“Borneo a photographic Journey”, LAU Denis, Travelcom Asia, 1999, 98 p, 115 photos.

« Peoples and traditions », M.KEDIT  Peter, The Encyclopedia of Malaysia, Didier Millet Ed. , Kuala Lumpur, 2006, p90-94.

“Dream Weavers of Rumah Garie”, Video, Mac LANAHAN David 2006, Jungle Arts and Flora,www.jungleartsandflora.com

« Voix de la forêt pluviale », MANSER BrunoGeorg, Genève Ed. , 1994, 314 p. (FRENCH) Read the rest of this entry »


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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
Permission granted to reproduce for personal use only. Commercial use is prohibited.

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