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sarawak-made handicrafts and gifts
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how do i get cheap handicrafts and gifts in sarawak other than the shops in main bazaar? from what i had observed, i have seen some china-made products. would you guys list out the sarawak-made products for me, please? thanks in advance.

Posted on: 2008/2/17 20:55
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Re: sarawak-made handicrafts and gifts
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"Pua Kumbu", a sort of textile weaving by the Ibans. You can actually attend workshops conducted at Tun Jugah. For more info:

The Tun Jugah Foundation
Level 4, Tun Jugah Tower,
18, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman,
93100 Kuching

Tel: 082-239672

Posted on: 2008/2/17 23:41
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The stuff you find in main bazaar are mixed with made in china stuff and made in indonesia.

i have no idea what those stuff are called. so can't list it out.

Posted on: 2008/2/17 23:46
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I once saw Javanese masks and puppets in the Main Bazaar. It's not really surprising.

While Kuching's Main Bazaar may pride itself as being the centre for Sarawakian arts and culture, this is very well true. At the same time, Kuching is also one of the few truly Southeast Asian cultural centres, a fact I am very proud of. However, the distinction is very subtle, and to the less knowledgeable shop assistants, they may claim a Balinese figure as an Orang Ulu carving.

For truly Sarawakian crafts, look out for the Pua Kumbu, mentioned below, as well as totems and the less painted (or even plain) masks. The more colourful the mask, the less it is from Sarawak. Small brass ear-rings are Orang Ulu in nature, but can also originate from other sources.

Keep in mind, if you're looking for authentic antiques, expect to pay the sky. A simple silver bangle can cost upwards from RM300 and old Puas can start from RM500 for a 1m X 2m.

For cheaper products, well, just be weary of Indonesian knockoffs. For the tried and true authentic, stick with Saracraft, Edgar Ong Gallery and few others that have the dark, haunted house look about them.

I once saw a kangaroo toy in New Zealand which was made in China, and a Buddha head in Bali made in the Philippines.

Posted on: 2008/2/18 4:26
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