Sarawak handicrafts come in varied texture, shapes, and form owning to the rich tapestry of culture within Sarawak.It could weaving or printed fabrics, wood craving, beadworks, rattan basket, rattan mat or ceramic; all these crafts have its design; unique to each ethnic group.
Sarawak arts and crafts are uniquely designed based on age-old fables. They are inspired by the beauty and bounty of Sarawak, which is renowned for its rich diversity of traditional handicraft products. These are work of fine art and crafts by the multi-racial community of Sarawak.
The Beadworks by the Orang Ulu ladies are beautiful and fine crafts. These colorful beads of different sizes are beautifully fashioned into artistic, fashionable necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings. These beads are also being used to decorate headgear and baby carrier.
The Iban community is well known for their skill in weaving the Pua Kumbu. In the Iban, Pua series are the Pua Kumbu, Pua Sungkit, and the Pua Karap. Among the three; Pua Sungkit is no longer available in the market due to the tedious weaving process.
In the Iban traditional Costume; Pua Karap is the preferred choice for the skirt due to its refined weaving technique. Pua Kumbu is the most popular and in-demand due to its functionality and decorative nature.
The Bidayuh Community handicrafts are also equally beautiful and fashionable. They used beaten tree bark, rattan, and bamboo to make rattan mat (Kesah), basketry, tambok, and mat for their usage. The kesah or the rattan mat are popular and in-demand due to its durable and lasting nature. The one that my parents made lasted about 30 years and still shinning and functional.
Sarawak handicraft products also include the distinct design and carved pottery by the Sarawak Chinese Community. These beautifully handcrafted pottery are both decorative and functional earthenware. You can watch the process in some of the family-run kiln.
The Melanaus and Malay community are equally skillful in producing handicraft products from Palm, sago leaves, tree barks and other plants gathered from the forest.
These handicraft products are either for daily usage or decorative items. The Malay community in Sarawak also produce beautiful Kain Songket using distinctive weaving technique uniquely Sarawak.
Sarawak is well-known for its rich diversity of traditional handicrafts..ethic wood-carving, beads works, textile weaving, bamboo and rattan baskets and more. These handicrafts design and pattern are being influenced by the lifestyle and tradition of each community; giving a unique and artistic value to the products.Sarawak Handicraft Products are easily available in the Sarawak handicrafts shop, night bazaar, weekend markets, and also shopping mall.
You're overwhelmed and spoil for choice as each handicraft products has its own unique and distinct design and motive.Sarawak woven handicrafts are intricate and fanciful works of arts, especially the Iban Pua Kumbu and the Sarawak Songket.