Borneo's unique beadscraft can be a world fashion trend, said State Tourism and Heritage Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said Sarawak's beadscrafts which are produced from a variety of media like clay, glass and wood and especially imbibed with cultural elements such as of the Orang Ulu in the northern part of the state, have very high creative value. "However, we need to add new dimensions to them such as in the shape and colour to match the current world fashion.
"It would also be beneficial for local beadscraftsmen to share ideas with their counterparts in other countries like Africa, Australia and our Southeast Asian neighbours," he told reporters here. Meanwhile, Abang Johari said the Second Borneo International Beads Conference would be held in Kuching from Oct 7 - 9, following the successful inaugural event in Miri last year.
This unique beadscraft has been a excellent souvenir item for the tourists for a long time.