Many of the traditional instruments of the ethnic groups here are made out of bamboo, which grows abundantly in the forests of Sarawak. It is for this reason that it comes as no surprise why many of the tribes in the Land of the Hornbills play bamboo musical instruments that are in many ways similar in appearance and functionality to one another.
Street art is a powerful tool with which to tell stories of anything and everything, such as those of communities living in certain places. In Sarawak, it is a growing trend that has seen the art transformed into creative works that inspire the masses with the positive messages they help to disseminate.
Keringkam and Songket are two of the most precious heritages of the Malay community in Sarawak. Painstakingly produced by hand, they fetch high prices and were once worn only by the nobles of Sarawak.
Sarawak has a large collection of traditional clothing, each characteristically unique and remarkable in their representation of the 27 different ethnic groups that live here. Their designs are evocative of the traditions and steep folklores of their wearers, passed on from one generation to the next.
Sarawak handicrafts are justly famous. From ikat weaving to mat-making and basketry, from woodcarving to beadwork, these exquisite products give our State a good name in the world of arts, crafts and material culture.
The history of cartoons and comics in Malaysia and how they developed from the 1930s to the present day, there’s no better place to visit than the Malaysia Cartoon and Comic House at the KL Lake Gardens (Taman Botani Perdana). The museum opened its doors to visitors in April 2017.
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Tattoo is a form of body art that has long been practised by ancient civilisations, evidenced by the discovery of mummified remains dating as far back as 2100 BC, all with tattoos on their skin. Tattoos are done using specific needles to puncture the skin and injecting it with ink to create permanent art on the body. It was originally done manually, with the tattooist puncturing a customer’s skin and injecting it with ink by hand. It was a much slower process and was more painful. Today, tattooing is done using special machines and specific types of ink, offering greater accuracy, shorter tattooing sessions and better results.
Visit any souvenir shop in Sarawak and you will find beaded products like necklaces, purses, headgears and clothing.