> Sarawak Diaries - WOVENSOULS Art Gallery
0

Your Cart is Empty

Sarawak Diaries

May 28, 2012 2 min read

The number of hours spent in an airplane seems to be directly proportional to the “Exotica  Quotient” of a destination.

This is false of course and although I knew that, I had forgotten it until I arrived in Sarawak – a state that is just outside my doorstep figuratively.

The island of Borneo is divided into 3 regions – Sarawak, Sabah and Kalimantan. The first two are a part of Malaysia while the third is a part of Indonesia.

A pioneering photographer Dennis Lau notes that it would take a dedicated lifetime to explore and understand each of these 3 regions.

An example of the diversity – the Bidayuh tribe (which is not even the largest group here)  have 34 different sub groups, each speaking a dialect that other Bidayu do not understand – and so they converse in English or Malay!

The art and crafts of  Borneo are as vast as they are stunning – particularly their bead-textile work – so much so that a 3 separate  building / institutions  have been dedicated to the textile museums!

And the antique stores house as many stories as articles – each article leads to its unique use that awes the traveller!

Sea Gypsies, Jungle nomads and erstwhile headhunters – all in Borneo!

More articles about all these in a few days ….

A python for dinner

Bidayuh Tribal Longhouse in Borneo

A cultural ‘Stay’ experience – the Kuching Waterfront hotel for backpackers

Dayak Tribal Portraits

A drive through Old Kuching

Curious Dayak Tribal Objects

Sumazao Folk Dance of Borneo (Sabah)

jm

May 2012

The post Sarawak Diaries appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.



Also in Wovensouls Blog on Indian & Asian Culture

Himalayan Art – Crowns of the Buddhist Priests

January 06, 2022 2 min read

A decade ago I witnessed the Losar ceremonies over 3 days in Lingdum monastery in Sikkim. Witnessing the head priest leading the group of monks and young novitiates through the … Continue reading
Camel Milk Tea

November 08, 2021 1 min read

Camel milk is the staple food for camel herders. In the day milk and camel-milk-tea are the answers to hunger and thirst. And in the night a “ kheer” – … Continue reading
Fresh Milk for Tea

November 08, 2021 1 min read

As fresh as it can be! From a small village in Rajasthan jm wovensouls.com