KUCHING: Local bead collectors who are curious about the origin of items in their collection can find the answers today and tomorrow on the sidelines of the 3rd Borneo International Beads Conference.
Local and foreign bead experts will be on hand to identity the origin of beads during the Bead Identification session.
The session is one of the interesting activities at the conference which will be held at Four Points by Sheraton Kuching for three days starting from Oct 11.
The others are the conference, bead bazaar, workshop, demonstration and gala dinner.
A fashion show featuring various beads and beads jewellery will also be held during the gala dinner.
Tables for the gala is now on sale and they are priced at RM1,000, RM1,500 and RM2,000. Enquiries on the table can be forwarded to Alexis at 012-854 7277.
The beads bazaar offers various stalls selling all kind of beads, bead ornaments and jewellery as well as equipment to make jewellery. The bazaar has more than 25 stalls.
Organised by Crafthub Sdn Bhd, the conference is aimed at providing a networking platform for all beads artisan, scholars, researchers and producers, both local and from overseas, to share and exchange ideas and expertise.
It is also to encourage the preservation of traditional beads in a commercially viable way as well as to showcase and promote Sarawak’s beads.
The speakers at the conference are Valerie Hector from USA, Akwele Suma Glory (Africa), Elaine Kim (Korea), Martina Dempf (Germany), Stefany Tomalin (UK), Cathy Chen (Taiwan),Heidi Munan, Su Chin Sidih, Patricia Nayoi, Dr Zuliskandar Ramli and Dr Poline Bala (all from Malaysia).
The conference has attracted delegates from all over Sarawak, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Netherland and United Kingdom.
It is supported 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.
Details and entry forms can be obtained at CraftHub’s website at www.crafthub.com.my