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Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
  Sarawak Tourism
  Getting There & Around
 
  Sarawak Map 1
  Sarawak Map 2
 
  PEOPLE & ETHNIC GROUP:
 
  General Info
  Bidayuh (Land Dayak's)
  Iban (Sea Dayak's)
  Melanau
  Orang Ulu
 
  Iban Longhouse Visit
 
  ARTS & CRAFTS:
  General Info
  Pua Kumbu, Pua Sungkit & Pua Karap
   
  Eating Out, Nightlife & Local Delicacy
 
  PLACES OF INTEREST :
 
  Adventure Nature & Wildlife
  National Parks & Wildlife Conservation
   
  KUCHING (STATE CAPITAL):
 
  General Info
  Bus Service / Transportation
  Map
 
  History & People
  Dining & Entertainment
  Nightlife
  Shopping
 
  Recreation & Sports
  Spa Retreats
 
  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  City Centre
  Kuching On Foot
  Heritage Trails
  Historical Buildings
  Museums
  Handicrafts
  Street Life
 
  Nature & National Parks
  Bako National Park
  Batang Ai National Park
  Gunung Gading National Park
  Kubah National Park
  Kuching Wetlands National park
  Matang Wildlife Centre
  Semenggoh Nature Reserve
  Talang Satang National Park
  Tanjung Datu National Park
 
  Santubong & Damai Beach
  General Info
  Irrawady Dolphin
  Sarawak Cultural Village
 
  Kuching Southwest
  Tourist Destination
  Teluk Melano & Sematan
 
  Sibu
  General Info
  Dining & Entertainment
  Shopping & Accommodation
 
  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  City Centre
  Bawang Assan Iban Longhouse
 
  Melanau's Heartland:
  Mukah Town
  Dalat Town
 
  Up Rejang River:
  General Info
  Kanowit, Song & Belaga
  Kapit
 
  Down Rejang River:
  General Info
 
  Miri
  General Info
  City Map
  In & Around Miri Map
 
  Lifestyle & Nightlife
  Shopping
 
  TOURIST ATTRACTION
  Must Visit Places
  Bario & Ba?kelalan
 
  Gunung Mulu National Park
  Lambir Hills National Park
  Loagan Bunut National Park
  Niah National Park
  Similajau National Park
 
 
 
 
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO
KUCHING : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Handicrafts
 
 
SARAKRAF PAVILION
 

Tribal Dreams

 

To most modern people, dreams are not viewed with importance. It is not the same for the Bidayuh's who elevate dreams up many levels by interpreting and then weaving them into some of the most exquisite designs on a material. Subtle hands go about creating the artwork called Pua Kumbu, which tells a story derived from dreams. Not everyone however, can weave the Pua Kumbu as this artistry is said to be a gift, only few can acquire. Each Pua Kumbu is made from a specific dream and has a story to tell. Thus, the creation is not just another traditional wear but stories woven on cloth. The designs usually revolve on human or animal motives. However, the female figure is excluded. Perhaps it was because men were seen as warriors, leaders, and protectors of their tribes. 

 

Traditionally, women?s role in the Bidayuh society was to cook, weave and serve. Also known as a ceremonial blanket, the Pua Kumbu is used in many different occasions and situations such as during childbirth, illness as well as death of chiefs. The material is also regarded as a status symbol in the society. It portrays material wealth, social rank and prestige. Pua Kumbu is also used in traditional Bidayuh healing practice to alleviate pain. Creating the Pua Kumbu is no easy task and takes 3-4 months of patience and detailed eye to complete a piece. Besides weaving, the Bidayuh's are highly creative in other forms of handicrafts. They create baskets, hornbill figurines, and potteries among many other beautiful works. Bamboos are used as the base material in these crafts, which are painted with natural colours derived from jungle plants. The Bidayuh's hold strongly and proudly to the originality in their traditional craftwork. Apart from the Bidayuh, works of other ethnic groups can also be found here. Traditional and contemporary art and handicrafts with a built-in ?feel-good factor?. It is enlightening to note, Sarakraf was set up to help develop Sarawak?s handicrafts industry and improve the economic situation of rural craftspeople. Most of the products here are guaranteed, ?made in Sarawak?, and as a visitor you can be ensured that the producers have been fairly rewarded for their creative efforts.

 

Info

The place to see and buy all these unique and beautiful creations of the ethnic groups is at the Sarakraf Pavilion, which also provides other services such as traditional spa treatments. There are different therapies to choose from, which are the Sarawak traditional shoulder massage, ailment prevention and control, as well as Iban anti-aging facial mask therapies. All use natural herbs and oils.

 

Location

Lot 78, Section 43, KTLD, Jalan Tabuan.

 
 
 
SARAWAK HANDICRAFT CENTRE
 

Another good place to see authentic Sarawak handicrafts being made is the Sarawak Handicraft Centre in the Round Tower (see Court House Complex earlier in this chapter).

 

Groups of craftspeople from rural villages and longhouses demonstrate their skills in various types of Sarawak crafts, rotating on a monthly basis.

 

The centre also has interesting handicraft displays, and a resource centre with a library and handicraft videos.

 

Open:

Mon - Fri ; 8.30 am - 12.30 pm (11.30 pm Fri) and 2 pm - 5 pm

weekends and public holidays 8.30 am - 12.00 midday.

 
 
 
 
KUCHING : TOURIST ATTRACTION - Handicrafts
SARAWAK - EAST MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA BORNEO