Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

Sarawak News. (Borneo News)

Academic journal article Borneo Research Bulletin

Sarawak News. (Borneo News)

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A Rhododendron specimen (R. verticillatum) from Maureen Warwick's expedition to Gunung Mulu in 1990 has flowered in Edinburgh.

The Tree Flora of Sabah and Sarawak Second Lauraceae Workshop was held in KEP, 23-28 November 1998, and coordinated by Ruth Kiew and K.M. Kochummen and E. Soepadmo, with 6 other participants. After the first workshop in Kuching, which focused on the generic deliminations of the Sabah and Sarawak taxa, the second concentrated on firstly delimiting the taxa and then preparing descriptions of them. This was interspersed with discussion groups to tackle consistency in the use of terms.



For three days from 11-13 June, 300 participants from 21 nations gathered in Kuching, Sarawak, to discuss the ancient art of ikat weaving. Anthropologists, scholars, museum curators, gallery directors and textile enthusiasts heard 22 papers presented under the headings of:

* Ikat- origins and historical aspect;

* Ikat- cultural significance;

* Ikat- design symbolism;

* Ikat- tradition and change;

* Ikat- new directions.


* Dr. Robyn Maxwell (Australia)

* Dr. Rosemary Grill (Britain)

* Dr. David Baradas (Philippines)

* Dr. Traude Gavin (Britain)

* Dr. Ruth Barnes (Britain)

* Mdm. Jasleen Dhamija (India)

* Datin Amar Margaret Linggi (Malaysia)

* Mdm. Keo-Siri Everingham (Thailand)

* Mr. Imai Toshihiro (Japan)

* Mdm. Bina Rao (India)

* Mdm. Bela Shanghvi (India)

* Mdm. Kate FitzGibbon (USA)

* Mdm. Liz Oley (Australia)

* Mdm. Genevieve Duggan (France)

* Mdm. Taguchi Rie (Japan)

* Mr. Kensei Ishigaki (Okinawa, Japan)

* Mdm. Victoria Vijayakumar (India)

* Mdm. Usha Bhagat (India)

* Prof. Kim Ji-Hee (Korea)

* Fr. Jacques Maessen (Kalimantan, Indonesia)

* Mdm. Faika Ouwayda (Lebanon)

* Mdm. Hajah Rahimah (Malaysia)

* Mdm. Rens Heringa (Holland)

* Mr. Edric Ong (Malaysia)

The International Ikat Weaving Forum was officiated by the Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak, Y.B. Tan Sri Datuk Amar Alfred Jabu. A special opening ceremony was performed by dancers from the Sarawak Cultural Village signifying the 'Weaving of Cultural Links'.

The Forum sessions were chaired by:

* Datuk Lucas Chin (former Director, Sarawak Museum and Atelier advisor)

* Y. M. Raja Fuziah bte. Tun Uda ( President, Crafts Council of Malaysia)

* Mr. Sanib Said (Director, Sarawak Museum)

* Mr. Edric Ong (President, Society Atelier Sarawak)

Exhibition of textiles

Several participating countries brought ikat textiles for exhibition and sale, viz. India (Aavartan and Vallala companies); Laos (Phaeng-mai Gallery); Thailand (Keo-Siri Everingham and Suramontri); Philippines (Narda's and Alfonso Guino-O); Japan (Imai and Ishigaki); Prof. Kim Ji-Hee (Korea); Ibu Sumiyati (East Kalimantan, Indonesia); Aranya (India and Bangladesh). Local exhibitors included the Society Atelier Sarawak (Forum organiser); Sarawak Crafts Council; Tun Jugah Foundation; Fabriko; Robert Yong Models; John Ng silver jewellery; and Iban pua' kumbu' weavers did brisk sales as well. There was a vibrant bazaar atmosphere created within the hotel venue. An exhibition of Malaysian textiles was also mounted by the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation at the Hilton Hotel Main Lobby. The Tun Jugah Textile Gallery, a private collection of Iban textiles belonging to the Tun Jugah Foundation was also inaugurated for the Forum.

State-wide Iban pua' kumbu' competition

Simultaneously with the Ikat Forum, an annual competition for Iban ikat weavers was held in three categories:

* Large cotton weavings; (15 entries)

* Large silk weavings; (17 entries)

* Shawl-size silk weavings. …

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