Beads in Sarawak
The bead culture of Sarawak, part of a greater Malaysian heritage, is rooted in centuries of tradition. An ancient maritime trading network linked Sarawak to the world; the beads most treasured today came from production centres on the Malay Peninsula, from India, China and even further afield.
In the hands of Sarawak‘s craftswomen and collectors, these masterpieces of the glassmaker‘s art became intrinsically ‘Borneo Beads’.
Objectives of BIBCo
- To facilitate creative interaction between Sarawak’s artisans/designers and their international counterparts
- To share knowledge and expertise with international bead scholars and researchers
- To preserve the Sarawak bead tradition in a commercially viable way
- To encourage the production of top quality beads and beadwork in Sarawak
- To promote competent modern design in beads and beadwork
- To showcase the bead culture of Sarawak to a regional/international audience
- To promote ‘culture tourism’ in Sarawak
- To improve the earning power of home–based cottage workers in Sarawak