KUCHING: From colourful head gears to pretty necklaces and belts, the Borneo International Beads Conference (Bibco) 2013 gala dinner saw a vast and refreshing range of beads usage during the beads fashion show.
The event showcased how the age-old beading culture can never go out of style among contemporary fashionistas.
The items, among others, came from the collection director of Korea’s World Jewellery Museum Dr Elaine Kim, anthropologist and bijouterie designer Dr Martina Dempf (Germany), founder member of the Bead Society of Great Britain Stefany Tomalin (England), and anthropologist and professional jewellery designer Dr Valerie Hector (USA).
Sarawak’s very own collectors and designers namely, Datuk Seri Empiang Jabu, Bibco organising chairman and Sarawak Museum honorary curator of beads Heidi Munan and Ramsay Ong, Tanoti Songket and Sarawak Museum Shop & Cafe also paraded their products at the event.
Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Rohani Karim who officiated at the event said beads deserved to be positioned internationally and at par with other high-end top fashion items.
“Bead art should also be coupled with other areas such as furniture and interior design, other than as just jewellery and adornments,” she said.
The conference, which is supported by Tourism Ministry and National Heritage Department, has the endorsement of the Sarawak Tourism Board, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Sarawak Museum, Sarawak Craft Council, Sarawak Cultural Village, World Crafts Council and World Crafts Council Asia Pacific Region.