KUCHING: The launch of a Songket and Keringkam gallery here yesterday is a step to preserve the city’s heritage.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the gallery’s collection of Songket and Keringkam will be exhibited to the public.
“This is not only to attract the tourists but also to give them a view of our heritage,” he told reporters after officiating at the gallery.
The chief minister said, similar with handicrafts, both are steps to promote Sarawak’s heritage sites and its products.
“We are now also developing the Darul Hana Malay Museum to exhibit the life of the villagers back then.
“It will also showcase traditional games such as congkak and kite flying,” he said.
Abang Johari added that a heritage trail is in the works across Kuching with the completion of the Darul Hana Museum.
“From the museum, the trail will go to the Malay village and then crossing the Darul Hana Bridge until Fort Margherita.
“We are also building a cascading waterfall there, so the trail will be from the Malay area until the Chinese area which is the Carpenter Street,” he said.
Also present during the ceremony was Abang Johari’s wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang and deputy State Secretary Datuk Dr Sabariah Putit.
The gallery launch yesterday featured design works of renowned designers Datuk Tom Abang Saufi, Datuk Asfarena Samion and Wan Bainun.
It will be open to the public daily from 9am until 6pm.