October 6, 2010

Kenyah Beadwork at E Mart of Miri

There will be a bead of Sarawak seminar in Miri from 9th to 10th October.

Beads are very much a part of the cultural scene in Sarawak amongst the indigenous people. And especially amongst the Kenyah.

Some of the oldest beads in Sarawak came from China and overseas according to Heidi Munan one of Sarawak's most famous cultural writers who has written a book on Sarawak Beads. Heidi is also the Hon. Curator of Beads of the Sarawak Museum.

There is no Indigenous Museum in Miri yet but if you happen to have an opportunity to visit E Mart in Miri you can walk into an area where there are many stalls selling interesting bead work and many can be considered artistic work .

Part of  skirting made of beads.

This will emphasize and enhance your shapely waist and your lovely hip.

A beautiful purse made from beads.

A bead sarong made for a long parang...this is of course for ceremonial purposes.

A lovely hat. To lovely to wear in the sun and the rain!!

A baby carrier....

A Kenyah Man's head gear.


LadyBird said...

fyi, the last picture is not man head gear. its a female head gear. :)

hope to see you in the upcoming BIBCO-Borneo International Beads Conference. ;)

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Thanks. I'll have the info edited...am not really well versed with all these fantastic work of art and creativity....thanks...am not sure if I could be at the BIBCO do..but I am one very happy owner of Heidi's book.

Will continue to learn about beads of Sarawak.

Ann said...

I brought some very nice beads over.


Ah Ngao said...

reminds me of the encient Dzi beads of the Tibetans.some of these Kenyan beads can be very valuable too,i think..especially those from China.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Ann
Some of the best bead work in the world are found in Sarawak!!

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Yes Ah Ngao the Tibetans have huge beads which are very beauitful and admired....the Tibetan women look more pretty from the back...so people actually give them a second look....such is the law of attraction made to the fullest use....

Free Bird said...

I would like to request a whole set of bead work so I can accessorize to go to work :D

Colors, colors, colors, wonderful pieces to start conversations with and educated people about your culture.

psst. Will you get me one baby carrier like that when I have my babies? I want to be a very chic mom ;)

Sarawakiana@2 said...


Wishes granted only when I start saving enough of my pension money......hahahahahah and I am sure babies are not in the horizon yet. Hold your horses!!

New creative ideas and these beatuiful beads would defnitely make a fashion statement.

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