Monday, November 15, 2021

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Bangie Embol: A master weaver chosen by the gods

Bangie Embol, who was awarded the Master Weaver title by Unesco, was spiritually chosen to be the Master Dyer when she was 45 years old. Also known as ‘Indu Ngar’, whenever the spirits call on Bangie to perform a mordant...

Keeping traditional handicrafts alive

BY FAIZAL BUJANG The handicrafts of the indigenous tribes of the Land of the Hornbills are not only admired by the local community but have also stolen the attention of foreigners. This has indirectly placed Sarawak among the pioneer states that...

Amusing, useful and interesting online products

The Internet has revolutionised the way we shop. Because of the many advantages and benefits, more people these days prefer buying things online over the conventional method of going into stores. Plus, shopping online allows them to find many...

Atelier Chim — From engineering to leathercrafting

What started as a mere hobby turned into serious business for leather artisan Chim Yee Hui as she took a leap of faith and quit her day job as an engineer to pursue leathercrafting. After several years of perfecting...

Woman achieves dream via social media tutorials

Nur Atiqah learns to make handicrafts by learning from YouTube, Pinterest and other social media sites KOTA SAMARAHAN: Handicraft skills learnt through tutorials on social sites have enabled a woman from Kota Samarahan to start a cottage industry. Nur Atiqah Ahmad,...

When the going gets tough, Amalia gets going

Some small business owners are staying afloat during the Covid-19 pandemic by adapting themselves and innovating their products in alignment with the current circumstances. Read how online boutique owner Amalia Afifiyati Iman Sholeh manages to do so. The Covid-19 pandemic...

From classic to classy — redefining traditional hand-woven bags

In the beginning, San Bong’s entrepreneurial plan was to help local weavers by marketing their overstocked hand-woven bags on the internet. However, along the way, San found her true calling in the business as she began to redefine traditional...

Timeless songkok that never goes out of style

KUCHING: The songkok (black cap worn by Muslim males) is often in high demand, not just during Aidilfitri but also special occasions such as weddings, legislative assemblies, coronations and prayers. India Street has long been recognised by Kuching residents as...

Sticking it out with handmade songkok

BY ZARINA ABDULLAH KUCHING: It is a tradition for many Malay boys and men to wear songkok (traditional headgear) as complementary accessories for the celebration of Hari Raya. Not many people know that songkok was once produced through traditional methods and...

A cobbler, just like his father

If you want to repair your shoes or handbag, where do you  go? In Kuching City, you can go to a cobbler on the five-foot way or a cobbler shop. Leo-cobbler Shoes and Handbags Repair Service, located at an old shophouse...

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Bangie Embol: A master weaver chosen by the gods

Bangie Embol, who was awarded the Master Weaver title by Unesco, was spiritually chosen to be the Master Dyer...