The indigenous communities of Sarawak, especially those living in the remote villages such as those in the Ulu Baram and Ulu Limbang districts, are often economically marginalised. On top of that, they also face the challenges of diminishing forest resources. At the same time, these natives are craftswomen and craftsmen known for their exceptional craftsmanship in producing all sorts of handicraft.
With a passion for everything fashion, these Sarawakian fashion designers have been making major waves in the local fashion scene these recent years. From their trendy ready-to-wear pieces and modern design incorporating traditional pua motifs to bold minimalist apparels, these Sarawakian fashion designers show no sign of stopping in #StirringUpBorneo and making proud their homeland in the process.
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.
Check out these fashion shots in this Kuching City fashion look book for some inspiration.