Borneo International Beads Conference 2017

Sarawak Beads Conference 2017

Travellers who are into the Bornean arts and craft should take note of the 5th Borneo International Beads Conference 2017 taking place this 13 to 15 October in the city of Kuching, Sarawak.

This unique event is also held once every two years and is the premier traditional beading event for Sarawak, Malaysia.

Known as BIBCo2017, this year's theme is called "Our Universal Beads" and the event promises even more exciting demonstrations, talks, workshops and displays of all kinds of ethnic beads from Borneo and around the world.

If you have a thing for beads or love the ethnic beading culture, this is not to be missed.

Borneo International Beads Conference 2017 Itinerary:
  • Academic papers by world-renowned authorities on bead studies
  • ‘Borneo Traditional’ workshops
  • Borneo International Beads Award
  • Borneo indigenous bead-working techniques workshop
  • Beads Abuzz, the International Bead Bazaar
  • Contemporary Bead Design workshops
  • Exciting post-conference tours
  • Hands-on workshops covering a wide range of disciplines and techniques
  • Native American bead working techniques workshop
  • Natural fibre bead making workshop
  • Polymer clay workshop
  • Paper bead making workshop
  • Visits to Craft exhibitions and Museums in Kuching 
Borneo Bead Conference 2017
During the BIBCo workshop at the last event (Photo by Crafthub)
There are also special segments that will showcase a number of speakers from around the world. They have been specially invited to the Borneo International Beads Conference to talk about beads and their respective countries cultural beads.

Experts and speakers that are attending the BIBCo 2017 are from  Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, Thailand, and the USA.

This unique and exciting event is also organized by Crafthub, a non-profit organization that is based in Kuching.

Its mission is to promote and market Sarawak handicrafts in an economically viable way, with international-standard quality control.

Rainforest Craft Bazaar 2017 Video

The craft bazaar video above shows one of the events organized by Crafthub called the Rainforest Craft Bazaar, which is a feature during the world-famous Rainforest World Music Festival.

It is at this event where you can find most of the traditional Sarawakian handicraft and beads for sale and display.

Crafthub has been the main organizer for this event for the last 10 years and continues to keep this important beading heritage and culture ongoing.

With many promotions being done locally, people are seeing the importance of the traditional handicraft which is slowly fading away due to modernization and technology.

Borneo Beads Workshop and Conference
Talks at the Borneo Beads Conference (Photo by Crafthub)
Borneo International Beads Conference 2017 Info
Dates: 13-15 October 2017
Venue: The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching
Organizer: Crafthub Sdn. Bhd.
Phone: +6 082 421346
Website: Crafthub

The Borneo International Beads Conference 2017 has also received the support of several organizations, including the Sarawak Government, the Sarawak Craft Council, Sarawak Tourism, the Jabatan Muzium Sarawak, the Sarawak Convention Bureau, the Sarawak Cultural Village, Kraftangan Malaysia, and the World Crafts Council.

One of the local craft and bead shops in Kuala Lumpur has also done a review of the Borneo International Beads Conference, and they also deal with some of the Sarawakian beads.


Personally, my travels have taken me to many remote places around Sarawak, and seeing some of the beads here brought back memories of my visits to these beautiful places.

For anyone who is interested to learn more about this event and conference, just look out for the next Borneo International Beads Conference which is being held in 2019.

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