Bidayuh Man's Beadworks Much Sought-After

Last update: 17/12/2018

By Anasathia Anak Jenis

KUCHING (Bernama) -- With his nimble fingers, he deftly threads the yellow, black- and white-coloured beads.

Occasionally, he turns to his mobile phone screen to take a look at a YouTube demonstration on the making of a beaded necklace.

An hour later, the necklace, bearing a traditional Bidayuh motif, is ready. Dickson Noyen holds it up and flashes a smile, obviously satisfied with his handiwork.

Dickson, 59, a retired teacher, is one of the few men involved in the beadwork culture Sarawak is well-known for and he is proud he has the skills to produce beautiful beaded accessories which are an identity of the womenfolk in the Bidayuh, Orang Ulu and Iban ethnic groups.

He took up beadwork about five years ago as a hobby but eventually, it became a source of income for him when he started getting orders from his friends and the public.....