Borneo beads conference to feature special presentation


Heidi Munan

KUCHING: A presentation on the documentation of Borneo beads will be made at the upcoming third Borneo International Beads Conference here in October.

Borneo beads expert Heidi Munan will make the presentation in her paper entitled ‘Borneo Beads in Literature’ at the three-day conference which begins on Oct 11.

“What I will present is the survey of what has been written about Borneo beads in the last 100 years,” said Heidi.

Her interest on Borneo beads started when she first came to Sarawak more than 40 years ago.

Heidi who is a director of Crafthub Sdn Bhd is instrumental in organising the conference starting with the first, a few years back.

The conference is an ideal venue for cross-cultural sharing of knowledge and expertise on beads, she noted.

Other speakers at the conference will include Elaine Kim from Korea, Akwele Suma Glory (Africa), Valerie Hector (USA), Martina Dempf (Germany), Stefany Tomalin (UK), Su Chin Sidih, Patricia Nayoi, Dr Zuliskandar Ramli and Dr Poline Bala (all from Malaysia).

The conference will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton here. It is expected to attract 300 delegates.

The conference is managed by UCSI Communications Sdn Bhd. Apart from the presentation, other programmes at the conference will include hands-on workshops and demonstrations, a bead bazaar, a gala dinner and a post conference tour.

The Borneo International Beads Award will also be held. The competition is open to anyone above 18 years old and offers cash prizes amounting to RM17,185.

The competition is divided into three categories – Bead-work, Bead-stringing and Bead-making.

For the bead-making category, participants must submit a minimum of five specimens of beads made from various materials like glass and ceramic.

The conference is supported by the Ministry of Tourism Sarawak and Department of National Heritage and endorsed by Sarawak Tourism Board, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Sarawak Museum, Sarawak Craft Council, Sarawak Cultural Village, World Crafts Council and World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region.

Further details and entry forms can be obtained at CraftHub’s website at