Popularising Songket and Keringkam

Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MoTAC) Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (right) and Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (centre) with (from left) Assistant Minister of Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting, Deputy State Secretary Datuk Sabariah Putit and CENTEXS Commercial General Manager Mohamad Shahren Yusri watching traditional Keringkam shawl weaver Rosnahwati Abdul Latip demonstrate the weaving of the shawl. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak has been urged to promote the wearing of songket (a traditional embroidered fabric worn by men)  and keringkam (a traditional scarf worn by women).

Tourism, Arts and, Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said her ministry wants the foreseeable influx of people coming into Sarawak to leave with songket and keringkam as souvenirs.

“Local tourism is not just about travelling; the tourist must also have something to bring back home and something which they’re proud of having. In this case it is the songket and keringkam.

Nancy also suggested that the keringkam, in particular, should be designed and made in a way that is more relevant to the present time, especially for those who are wearing headscarf.

Additionally, Nancy also encouraged youngsters to be more involved in the songket and keringkam industry.

“This is so that the future generations will be able to reproduce the songket and keringkam as well as to come up with new designs,” she told.