Friday, August 7

Sarawak ready to host second beads conference


KUCHING: Sarawak is all set to host the second Borneo International Beads Conference (BIBCo) at the Grand Margherita Hotel from Oct 7 to 9.

Bead enthusiasts from many parts of Malaysia will join their friends from Australia, the USA, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Canada, Singapore, Benin, Nigeria, Egypt and other foreign lands for an unforgettable weekend in Kuching.

The conference will take the format of research papers presented in six sessions.

One of the paper will cover Beads of Antiquity which explore the beads found in archaeological sites in Peninsular Malaysia and Northeast India.

The session on Bead Lore from Sarawak will zoom in on the bead traditions and customs of the Melanau and Orang Ulu people.

Another paper on Beads of Southeast Asia will look at Sarawak beads and the attractive beaded wedding baskets of Southwest Sumatra.

Two papers will address the practical concerns of modern bead workers who produce their artworks for sale in which the case studies will draw materials from Canada and South Africa.

Bead-makers and bead-users in Australia and Southeast Asia will examine the value beads of Sarawak and the ritual beads of Sabah’s Lotud people in one of the sessions.

BeadsAbuzz, a bead exhibition and bazaar which will be set up in the hotel foyer, will definitely brighten up the proceedings with local and foreign bead makers and bead workers spreading their wares to the admiring public.

That asides, there will also be workshop sessions which will provide hands-on experience of beadworks and other activities for participants.

BIBCo participants can obtain expert opinions on beads, listen to interesting research papers and
attend a glittering gala dinner.

The public is invited to visit BeadsAbuzz, the colourful bead market spread in the foyer of the Grand Margherita.

There will surely be something for everyone at BIBCo. Information may be found on the webpage, ‘BIBCo2011’, or by sending an email to [email protected]