Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sarawak Native Handicraft....

I work for three and half years, from 1986 to 1989 in the state of Sarawak. It turn out to be the best part of my thirty two years career in the Federal Government Service. While there I collected many handicrafts such as the Sarawak Pottery that are exclusively made by the local Chinese. It design is a fusion of the native art with the Chinese pottery expertise; turning the Sarawak pottery into one of a kind. Whereas the Handicrafts made from Bamboo, Bemban, Rattan, Cloth, Beads and other materials are handmade by the indigenous people like the Iban, Bidayuh, the Orang Ulu and other ethnic group of people who live all over the state. The Sarawak Handicraft is unique in that the pattern and design are exclusively found only in that part of the Borneo Island. It is their skills in crafting the artifacts they produce that made it so special. Some of it with unique designs that had been pass-down by their ancestors for generations before and committed to memories. Most if not all are crafted by woman who diligently with their ingenuity produce every piece by hand. Making each one of it different than the other thus it became a unique work of art. Above is a well-crafted Basket container made of Bamboo or Bemban that I got there. It must have been thirty years old and still in a very good condition.  It is one of my priceless collection of things Sarawak. 

Have a nice day.
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