To coincide with the world-famous Rainforest World Music Festival, already in its 11th year, in 2008 there was a new event, the Rainforest World Crafts Bazaar, held at Sarawak Cultural Village, site of the Rainforest World Music Festival.

This inaugural RWCB was organised by Crafthub on behalf of the Sarawak Craft Council and the Sarawak Tourism Board. Everyone involved – craftspeople who took part, the Crafthub team who organized the event, and the organizations behind it – all agreed that the event exceeded expectations. Here are some of the comments we received:

“My name is Asahiko Yamasaki (I attended the RWCB together with Ms. Asano from Japan). My first visit to Malaysia was a truly wonderful experience thanks to the RWCB…..If possible, I would sincerely like to participate in next year’s RWCB.”
Asahiko Yamasaki, Exhibitor, from Japan

“Alex and I have enjoyed ourselves thoroughly at the Craft Bazaar,…meeting a lot of new found friends among the vendors and getting to know all of you. The sales has been beyond expectation.”
Florence Wee, Exhibitor, from Australia

“Last Thursday (10 July 2008) we drove en famille down to the Sarawak Cultural Village in Santubong as guests for the opening of the Rainforest Crafts Festival…..Much good stuff on display. The highlight, in my opinion, elegant clay pots made without a wheel, rather by the ancient paddle technique.”
Dr. Otto Steinmeyer, Visitor, from Lundu in Sarawak

“The Rainforest World Music Festival is a credit to Sarawak and therefore a credit to Malaysia!…. there was a World Crafts Bazaar. Tooths and booths of the ubiquitous ‘handicraft’. But like a good bazaar, there were some great treasures. You had to slow down and look, it was well worth the effort.”
From an article in HOMME, Vol 2, No. 1 (homme.com.my)

To house the event, a ‘craft city’ of 40-odd booths, most of them air-conditioned, was custom-built. The crafts of Malaysia, Denmark, Japan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, India and Indonesia were on display, with special billing for the ethnic products of Sarawak and Sabah.

The customer base was even more varied, consisting of some 25,000 Rainforest World Music Festival fans from dozens of countries as well as many local people.

SEEN AT THE RAINFOREST WORLD CRAFTS BAZAAR 2008…

A multicultural event

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Yusof, woodcarver – Sarawak
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Satria, Angklung player – Indonesia
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Kim, craftswoman – Korea
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Edith and Ika – Indonesia
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Angklung maker – Indonesia

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Jen, jewellery-maker – Bali

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Sarawak Crafts Council exhibitor
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Susanne, basketmaker – Denmark


Kyrgyz flute and crafts
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Textiles – India
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Beads – Sarawak & Australia
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Kraftangan – Malaysia
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Textiles – Indonesia
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Kamaldeep, textiles – India
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Korean exhibitors

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Miri crafts – Sarawak
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Japanese exhibitors
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Slippers – Kyrgyzstan

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Puppets – Japan
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Bags – Indonesia

 

RWCB is organized by …
… managed by …
… and supported by …
crafthub
Sarawak Tourism Board
Sarawak Craft Council
Crafthub Sdn Bhd
Ministry of Urban Development and Tourism, Sarawak