Miri in Sarawak hosted the inaugural....


Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
9 - 10 October 2010
Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri

There are just a few copies of the Journal of the Borneo International Beads Conference 2010 still available – we sold a lot of them at BIBCo 2011. The Journal contains the 10 research papers given by the speakers.

For details of costs and how to order....

.....click here

Latest updates (28 December 2011):

  • Only a few copies of BIBCo 2010 Journal left!

Report on the Conference

We held this conference for some good reasons:

  1. To improve the earning power of home-based cottage workers in Sarawak
  2. To preserve the rich bead cultures & traditions of Borneo and the world
  3. To encourage the production of top quality beads & beadworks locally
  4. To promote competent modern design in beads and beadwork
  5. To facilitate interaction between local artisans/designers and their international counterparts

Panel of Speakers

  • Dr. Cheah Hwei Fen - Australia
  • Dr. David Baradas - Philippines
  • Dr. Poline Bala - Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Eileen Paya Foong - Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Heidi Munan - Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Ipoi Datan - Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Jamey Allen - USA
  • Nor Azmah Abd. Kadir - Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Reita Rahim - Malaysia
  • Yekti Kusmartono - Indonesia


Participants came from Australia, Brunei, Indonesia, India, Kuwait, all parts of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom, USA, Germany, France, Switzerland.

BIBCo 2010 was expected to draw a crowd of 80 – 100. In the event, some 120 took part, predominantly foreign participants followed by a good local representation, individual and institutional, from Sarawak, Sabah and West Malaysia.

The conference sessions were well attended, the interactive sessions with the speakers were highly animated. 10 papers (Conference Journal published with help from Sarawak Museum) were presented in 4 sessions. The concluding dialogue with the speakers, including a ‘show & tell’ session where participants could show their treasures to the experts, was extremely popular.

Exhibition & Sales

An exhibition and sales area accommodated 15 foreign and local vendors. Products ranged from ‘Nonya Beaded Slippers’ to exquisite reproductions of Jatim, Chevron and Venetian Style Beads, as well as books and journals specific to this area of interest.

Vendors did brisk business, averaging an impressive RM3,500.00 each for the 2 days which for some of our local bead ladies was a first-ever experience. This component of BIBCo 2010 drew a large following from the Miri townsfolk.

BIBCo 2010 Journal – copies still available!

Journal Cover

We still have a limited number of copies of the Journal of BIBCo 2010, containing the 10 papers given by the speakers, available for sale.

In Kuching

The Journal is sold at Crafthub Office, 96 Main Bazaar, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia at RM 35 a copy. Payment by cash.

Within Malaysia

Copies sent by Registered Mail to anywhere in Malaysia cost RM 50 – including packing, postage etc. Please pay by direct banking into Crafthub bank account.

Please email us to request a copy and to get more details of how to make the payment.

Rest of the world

Copies sent by Registered AirMail to anywhere outside Malaysia cost US$ 30 – including packing, postage etc.

Please pay by Paypal or Western Union, do NOT send bank drafts or cheques etc., they are practically consumed by bank charges. Please email us to request your copy and to get details of how to make the payment.

The Borneo International Bead Award (BIBA)

This international bead-making and bead-working competition was announced at BIBCo 2010 by Usha Krishna, President of WCC (World Crafts Council). The competition will be administered by Crafthub Sdn.Bhd, organizer of BIBCo; it is supported by the WCC and the WCC/APR (Asia Pacific Region).

For more information about this exciting new competition, see our BIBA page.

The first winners will be announced at BIBCo 2011, 7 – 9 October 2011, in Kuching, Sarawak – donít miss it!

BIBCo 2010 in the news!

BIBCo was featured in Malaysia's daily paper, The Star - see this article by Diana Rose.

Photos from the Event...

All photos of the event shown below are Copyright © Freya Martin 2010

At the Opening of BIBCo 2010.....

Formal opening with Guest of Honour Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Minister of Tourism Sarawak


Audience at the Opening, with speakers David Baradas, Cheah Hwei Fen and Jamey Allen in centre


Tan Sri Dr George Chan opens BIBCO 2010 in the time–honoured way


Radha Parthasarathy, from WCC (World Craft Council), and speaker Mdm Yekti Kusmartono from Indonesia


Dr Amin Kahn, Executive VP of Malaysia Airlines, receives a token of appreciation from Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Minister of Tourism Sarawak


Delegates shopping at the Sarawak Craft Council (SCC) stall


Tan Sri Dr George Chan and the Mayor of Miri are also shopping, encouraged by Heidi Munan...


... as are delegates at Nurwakit‘s stall

Exhibitors at BIBCo 2010.....

Closeup of Nyonya beadwork


SCC exhibitor decorating a pot with beadwork


SIRIM exhibitor and visiting WCC delegate


Sarawak and Nyonya bead exchange....


Nyonya beadwork in action...



The mother of speaker Eileen Paya Foong at work...

Gala Dinner and Fashion Show held at the Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club.....

Von Jolly fashion show held to celebrate BIBCo and the announcement of the Borneo International Beads Award


Dinner guests with sape players


Hornbill dancers


Dinner guests


Beatiknista Fashion show by Von Jolly


Traditional dancer


Beatiknista Fashion show by Von Jolly

BIBCo 2010 was organised and managed by ...
... and was held at ...
Parkcity Everly Hotel logo
Crafthub Sdn Bhd Parkcity Everly Hotel, Miri

... with the help of our Supporters ...
Sarawak State Government logo
Sarawak Craft Council logo
Sarawak Convention Bureau logo
Sarawak Tourism Board logo
Sarawak State Government Sarawak Craft Council Sarawak Convention Bureau Sarawak Tourism Board
Sarawak Museum logo
Von Jolly Couture logo
Borneo Adventure logo
The Borneo Post logo
Jabatan Muzium Sarawak Von Jolly Couture Borneo Adventure Sdn. Bhd. The Borneo Post

... and the support of the Official Airline of BIBCo 2010 ...
Malaysia Airlines logo
Malaysia Airlines