Penans handicraft steals spotlight in World Summit on Arts and Culture

Last update: 13/03/2019

By Norshazlina Nor Azman

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) -- Delegates from 60 participating countries for the 8th World Summit on Arts & Culture carry a tote bag called ‘Pihan’, an intricate and beautiful rattan handwoven bag made by the Penan community in Sarawak.

Today, on day three of the world summit, some of the delegates tried their hand at weaving the aboriginal community’s rattan handicraft in a workshop brought by Kraftangan Malaysia, with the experts flown from Baram, Sarawak.

Sarawak’s Kraftangan Malaysia (Kraftangan Malaysia Cawangan Sarawak) Director Azran Arip said through the workshop, delegates were not only able to experience the process of producing the finely made handicraft before their very eyes, but at the same time help to promote it around the world.

“As we all know, most of the tribes are located in the interior of Sarawak that are difficult to reach and with challenging logistics situation, thus it is actually hard for them to market their products even for the local market.

“Kraftangan Malaysia plays a big role in helping the Penans... we’ve run so many programmes in promoting and selling their products, not only at the domestic level but also internationally,” he told Bernama here today.....