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


Thursday 3rd October

  • 10 a.m. – Official Launch at Old Courthouse
  • Commencement of Beads Abuzz Bazaar at Plaza Merdeka
  • Registration for BIBCo participants at The Waterfront Hotel, 4th Floor.
  • 12 p.m. – Hands-on workshops

Friday 4th October

  • 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Presentation of papers
  • 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Hands-on workshops
  • Beads Abuzz Bazaar continues all day

Saturday 5th October

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Presentation of papers
  • 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Hands-on workshops
  • Beads Abuzz Bazaar continues all day
  • 8 p.m. Gala Dinner

Sunday 6th October

  • 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm – Presentation of papers.
    Followed by plenary session of Q & A between speakers and participants.
  • 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Hands-on workshops
  • Beads Abuzz Bazaar continues all day

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