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Sarawak Longhouse Pictures in B&W

Photos of Sarawak Longhouse
Here is a series of Sarawak Longhouse Pictures in black and white or B&W. In the many years of visiting the Iban Longhouse along the Lemanak River in remote Sarawak Borneo, I wanted to feature life in a common longhouse in black and white pictures.

The Ibans are the largest tribe in Sarawak and many still live in traditional homes like these. In any one longhouse, there can be from 10 to 50 families living there. What fascinates me is how simple a life they live here without the bothers of modern technologies.

Sarawak Longhouse Pictures in Black & White

Photo of Iban long boat
Dogs on a longboat - the main transport of the Iban people in Sarawak

Photo of many Iban long boats
Longboats parked outside the longhouse

Photo inside Iban Longhouse
Some of the interesting ceiling designs of the Iban people

Photo of Iban Shaman Medicine Man
 Iban Shaman shows his collection of tattoos

Photo of Iban lady weaving baskets
Iban lady weaving baskets

Photo of basket weaving Iban tribe
 An elderly lady weaves while her grandson plays with something

Photo of Iban longhouse walls
Intricate designs made from bamboo on the wall of a home

Photo of Iban lady musicians
Iban ladies prepare to play the traditional instruments

Photo of Iban kids
Iban kids looking at me

Photo of Iban elderly men smoking
Two Iban elderly men have a chat and smoke

Photo if Iban longhouse ruai
An old Iban man sits in the corridor of the longhouse

Photo of Ngajat Kenyalang Dance
Iban lady doing the Ngajat Kenyalang (Hornbill Dance)

Photography at Iban Longhouse Sarawak
My friend Eric takes a picture of the Iban headmen and lady of the longhouse

I hope you enjoyed the pictures above as they were taken over a duration of two years on my many visits to the Lemanak River in Sarawak for work and exploration.

Usually I would post photos in color, but this time around I wanted to share this series of the Sarawak Longhouse photography in black and white.

Enjoy the pictures and if you have questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. This is part of my personal photography collection from my travels around Sarawak.  


gbeejipp said...

Great pictures of Iban longhouse but I still prefer them in colors. :-)

Malaysia Asia said...

Hi Jipp, thanks. Well, all my pics are in color so I thought I'd do one in B&W. Next time I'll do another series in colors.

Christy @ Ordinary Traveler said...

Cool photos. I love the black and white.

Malaysia Asia said...

Thanks very much Christy :)

Scott - Quirky Travel Guy said...

It's fascinating that so many families live in one of these.

Laurel said...

I like the B&W as well, it really brings out the detail in the woodwork and the mats.

Sophie said...

Nice photos, they give an added sense of history like this. I'm thinking of going to Malaysian Borneo. Which part do you recommend? Sabah or Sarawak? Or both?

The Travel Chica said...

The ceiling and wall designs are really interesting. My favorite picture is of the woman weaving baskets.

Malaysia Asia said...

Scott - It really is. I hear from friends that there was once a longhouse which was about a kilometer long! Can you imagine how many families lived there?

Laurel - Thanks you so much. Would have done color but B&W seems so dark and beautiful.

Sophie - Depending on what you prefer in your travels, I would recommend a week at least at both Sabah and Sarawak. Sarawak has more ethnic experiences but long travel times. Sabah has the best of everything.

Travel Chicas - Yes, agree, she just sits there daily weaving baskets that are sold to the traders in towns far away. Such a simple and interesting life.

Ciki said...

Very cool david! love the black and white effect. particularly like the man with the leg tattoo!

Malaysia Asia said...

Mei, thanks and that guy is the local Shaman :)

Jard The Great said...

thankyou for saying that Sabah has the best of everything (referring to ur comment above)

Have you managed to learn the language of the Ibans? Do they too speak in the common Sarawakian language. Nice pics tho! Wish you could cover a piece on the Bajau ethnic group in Sabah (which I believe their traditions are vanishing due to modernization). Would love to read on that! ^^