Borneo International Beads Conference (BIBCo) 2019 is back with their sixth instalment, this time with the theme “Beads of our Time.”
Held at The Waterfront Hotel from October 4 to 6, participants can expect a fruitful time, sharing knowledge and expertise in the conference, and get some hands-on time at the various workshops available.
Conference sessions are broken down into five topics. ‘Beads in History’ will feature talks on Viking Beads in the Ancient World Trade (Torben Sode), and Chevron and Millefiorie Beads of India (Dr Alok Kanungo).
The session on ‘Beads from Far Away Lands’ will have Dr Marsha Bol talking about Lakota Sioux Beadwork of the Central Plains USA, as well as Niyati Kakadia talking about the Living Bead Cultures of Gujarat, India. This will be followed by the third conference session on ‘Beads, Science and the Law’, featuring Dr Margaret Chan talking about how ‘Nothing is wasted – Making Beads from Sago Processing Residue’. Ritu Sethi and Dr Moe Chiba will come on to talk about Traditional Art Designs and Intellectual Property Rights.
On the final day, conference delegates will hear about the Bead Culture of the Maloh People of Kalimantan from Siti Musrika, and The Beaded Parang of Belawan from Dora Jok under the “Beads From Borneo” session. This will be followed by “Beads and Textiles”, where Dr Linda McIntosh will be discussing Beaded Textiles of the Katu People of South Laos and Central Highlands of Vietnam, while Christopher Lim Zamora will talk about Beaded Garments of Bagob Tagawawa in Davaoi Region, Philippines.
There will also be a total of 22 workshops to choose from, ranging from working with traditional beads and creating your own jewellery to opportunities to consult with industry professionals.
This includes a workshop on How to Mount a Bead Exhibition, facilitated by Marsha Bol from the USA, who will show participants the best ways of highlighting their treasured beads.
Full details and schedule for all workshops are available at crafthub.com.my/bibco2019-2.
Borneo International Beads Abuzz Bazaar will also take place at the same time at Plaza Merdeka, featuring beads and craft vendors from around the world.
The rates to join this year’s BIBCo is RM550 for Malaysians and USD450 for Non-Malaysians. Groups of five or more pay RM500 per pax, while Malaysian students get a special rate of RM350 per pax. Workshops are RM100 each excluding material. For those looking to set up a booth at Beads Abuzz, the rate is RM850/table (inclusive of two chairs and tablecloth) for the duration of BIBCo.
BIBCo is organised by Crafthub, a non-profit organisation which aims to promote and market Sarawak handicrafts in an economically viable way, with international standard quality control.
For more further information and updates, visit crafthub.com.my/bibco2019-2 or follow ‘CrafthubSdnBhd’ on Facebook.
This event is part of What About Kuching 2019. For more information or to download our calendar, visit aboutkuching.com. Programme booklet are also available for free across Kuching. For updates, find WAK on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter under @aboutkuching. Join the buzz by hashtagging #WAK2019, #WAK and #aboutkuching.
The Concept of BIBCo:
The bead culture of Sarawak, part of a greater Insulindian heritage, is rooted in centuries of tradition. An ancient maritime trading network linked Borneo to the world; the beads most treasured today came from production centres on the Malay Peninsula, India, China and even further afield.
In the hands of Sarawak’s craftswomen and collectors, these masterpieces of the lapidary and glass artists from many lands became intrinsically ‘Borneo Beads.’
Objectives of BIBCo:
- To facilitate creative interaction between Sarawak’s artisans/designers and their international counterparts
- To share knowledge and expertise with international bead scholars and researchers
- To preserve the Sarawak bead tradition in a commercially viable way
- To encourage the production of top-quality beads and beadwork in Sarawak
- To promote competent modern design in beads and beadwork
- To showcase the bead culture of Sarawak to a regional/ international audience
- To promote ‘culture tourism’ in Sarawak
- To improve the earning power of home-based cottage workers in Sarawak