The second Rainforest World Crafts Bazaar was held in July 2009, once again to coincide with the world-famous Rainforest World Music Festival, now in its 12th year, in the same venue as the RWMF, the Sarawak Cultural Village.

The RWCB was organised by Crafthub for the Sarawak Craft Council and supported by the Sarawak Tourism Board

In the two years it has been held, the RWCB has attracted participations from East and West Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, Central Asia, Poland, Kyrgyzstan, India, Japan, and Denmark.

Despite the obstacles of the economic depression and the threat of influenza, RWCB in 2009 was once again very successful. This year's event was on a larger scale than in 2008, with 72 booths occupied by local and international participants.

Here are some of the comments we received from visitors:

“What wonderful talents we have - it is very good for the people involved to give the young talents a chance to show off.”

Tan Sri Dr.George Chan Hong Nam, Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak

“Absolutely Amazing, and essential for the [music] festival!”

Randy Raine-Reusch, Artistic Director RWMF, Canada

“Excellent Crafts Bazaar – well done!”

Kate Welsman, Music Journalist, Australia

“It is Crafts and Nature that reminds us where we are. Beautiful – I hope to visit in 2010!”

Padmaka, Sri Lanka

“So much beauty – so many colours! Congratulations!”

Gabriel Vasquez, Chile

“Wow, some really lovely things. Wish I wasn’t here on a budget.”

Catherine Turner, UK

“Interesting, enlightening. Syabas (well done) for promoting ethnic art and craft!”

Premala Mohan Kumar, Malaysia

“Well-organized event, very friendly people. Will visit again – thank you!”

Ross Konowallenco, Australia

“Thank you for a selection of wonderful items!”

Shan Galey, Singapore

“Just one word: Prachtig! (Splendid!)”

Jan Willem, Netherlands

“Beautiful crafts, incredible artistry. A great festival!”

Karen Shepherd, Malaysia

“What a beautiful display of all those beautiful crafts and arts! Well done organizers!”

Jan Turnbull, Australia

To house the event, a ‘craft city’ of more than 70 booths, many of them air-conditioned, was custom-built. The crafts of Malaysia - West and East, Korea, Indonesia, Central Asia and Poland were on display, with special billing for the ethnic products of Sarawak.

The customer base was even more varied, consisting of some 22,000 Rainforest World Music Festival fans from many  countries as well as many local people.

The Bazaar was formally opened on Wednesday July 8th by Her Excellency Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Hajah Norkiah, wife of the Head of State of Sarawak, and was attended by many local dignitaries. H.E. was welcomed by Datuk Gramong Juna, Chairman of the Sarawak Crafts Council, and by Heidi Munan, Director of the RWCB. After the opening, H.E. toured the bazaar.

RWCB 2009 was also visited by Datuk Michael Manyin, Sarawak Minister for Urban Development and Tourism, and by Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam, Deputy Chief Minister of Sarawak.

SEEN AT THE RAINFOREST WORLD CRAFTS BAZAAR 2009....

H.E.’s visit to the Bazaar......
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...at Saleem’s Islamic Arts, with fine carpets from Central Asia

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H.E. painting batik, helped by Misari from the Jakarta Textile Museum, with Heidi Munan watching intently

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H.E. views traditional Sarawak bead decoration work

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H.E. viewing Sarawak Beads

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H.E. and Indonesian stall

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H.E. and hats from orang ulu ethnic group

At the formal opening of the event......
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H.E cutting the ribbon, with Datuk Gramong Juna and Heidi Munan

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The formal opening speeches

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Datuk Gramong Juna, Datuk Wan Junaidi - the local Member of Parliament for Santubong and Deputy Speaker, and Heidi Munan

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Datuk Gramong, Indonesian craftsman Benny Adrianto, and Indonesian vice-consul Bapak Rafail Walangitan

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Sarawak artist Narong Daun with Heidi Munan, H.E., and Datuk Gramong

Crafts demonstrations......
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Nabila Abdullah making pots -
Kraftangan

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Weaving demonstrations - Kraftangan

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Textile crafts in practice - Kraftangan

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Hands-on pottery demonstration - Kraftangan

Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr. George Chan Hong Nam visited the bazaar......
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Tan Sri Dr. George Chan with hand-painted ceramics from Sarawak....

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....and with local potter Nabila

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Tan Sri Dr. George Chan with Sarawak craftspeople - who are wearing RWCB 2009 t-shirts!...

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.....and another Sarawak craftswoman, who is wearing a different RWCB 2009 t-shirt design!

...as did Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Michael Manyin......
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Datuk Michael examines a traditional parang

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Datuk Michael and traditional weapons and wood crafts

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Datuk Michael visiting Korean stall and exhibitor Suk Mee Hee, with Heidi Munan

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At Esther Siret’s stall - musical intruments and bark clothing

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Datuk Michael views traditional Sarawak basket work

Other visitors and shoppers......
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Young visitor learning batik painting

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Browsers and shoppers

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The Bazaar was visited by several school parties from Kuching

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Shoppers at Indonesian stall

Impromptu “fashion show” on Thursday 9th......
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Models preparing for impromptu “Fashion show”

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Flamboyant ‘model’ and textile designer Rosso

Crafts, Stalls and Exhibitors......
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Eileen Lawrence and Grandfather, with Penan rattan products

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Crafthub ceramic chokers

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Indonesian decorative items

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Agus Purwanto and Benny Adrianto, with textiles from Java

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Siew Fun and Ila, from Funz Kaftan in Kuala Lumpur, with their kaftans

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Sarawak Lady with traditional Pua Kumbu weavings

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Florence Wee, from Sarawak, who makes glass beads and produces jewellery with them

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Longhouse Model

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Isdarnaini with bags and baskets from Java

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Qursiah, Nuriy’s Arts and Crafts, from Kuala Lumpur, with her colourful bags and t-shirts

 




RWCB 2009 is organised for...
... and the event is managed by ...
crafthub
Sarawak Craft Council
Crafthub Sdn Bhd






RWCB was supported ...
... in Sarawak by ...
... and nationally, in Malaysia, by ...
Sarawak Tourism Board
Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism, Sarawak
Tourism Malaysia
Ministry of Tourism Malaysia
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