Borneo International Beads Conference 2017


Borneo International Beads ConferenceThe Borneo International Beads Conference 2017 will take place in Kuching, Sarawak from the 13 to 15 October 2017. This is the 5th time that the unique beading conference is happening here in Sarawak Borneo.

This is also known as the premier beads conference and event in Southeast Asia since 2007 and the takes place every two years.  The Borneo International Beads Conference is also known by its short form of BIBCo and is brought to you by Crafthub of Kuching.

Crafthub is a Sarawakian non-profit organisation which aims to promote and market Sarawak handicrafts in an economically viable way, with international standard quality control. The organization is also supported by the Sarawak Craft Council and a number of governmental agencies in Sarawak.

This internationally acclaimed event has seen many nationals and countries participating over the years, and is highly recommended for those who love beads, or want to know more about it.

There will also be a special craft bazaar in conjunction with this event. The craft bazaar will showcase many traditional and contemporary beaded jewelry on sale and is called Beads Abuzz. This bazaar will be held at the venue with local Sarawakian sellers.

A Sarawakian beaded headgear which is seen at one of the souvenir shops.

Borneo International Beads Conference 2017 Workshops

Dates: 13 to 15 October, 12.00 noon to 6.00 p.m.

The BIBCo 2017 workshops are not to be missed as you will be in for a treat. Various types of hands on workshops will be conducted throughout the three day event and you can choose which type you would like to attend.

To attend any of the workshops, you are required to register as a participant and you can find the information below.

BIBCo2017 Workshops are;

  • Pam Annesley
    Learn metal clay bead and pendant making. Work with clay, fire the piece, end up with bronze or silver.
  • Eleanor Lux
    Learn about the ‘peyote stitch’, a traditional native American bead craft.
  • Floor Kaspers
    Learn modern seed bead work.
  • Maggie Mueller
    Learn how to make an Abyssinan pendant.  (participants should have some knowledge of beading to attend this)
  • Dora Jok
    Learn Orang Ulu traditional beadwork.
  • Emmanuel Osakue
    Learn Nigerian beading.
  • Lara LeReveur
    Learn how to do polymer clay bead making and by using the noodle-making machine.
  • Elaine Robnett Moore
    Design masterclass (Starts on Tuesday the 10th October)
  • Catherine Kechendai
    Learn how to make trendy Iban Bead collars.
  • Roselyn Lah
    Learn how to make a bead bobble. (Participants must collect bobble kit at registration)
  • Kraftangan
    Learn how to do rainforest fibre beads, sea shell bads (2 workshops)
  • Irene Koch
    Learn about Yarns and Beads (Participants need some crocheting skills)
  • Hearts Treasures
    Learn how to make paper-rolled beads with recycled materials.
  • Marilee Wood
    ‘My Life on the Digs’, an informal talk about archaeology.
  • Thomas Chung,  Bunchar Pongpanich, John Miksic
    Bead ID – Bring your treasured beads for an expert opinion

The above are some of the many activities planned for the Borneo International Beads Conference 2017.

Borneo International Beads Conference 2017 Speakers

An international and local panel of experts and speakers have been invited to talk during BIBCo 2017. And for anyone who wants to know more or learn about beads, the history and more, this event is where you can get the most information.

Some of the invited speakers and experts on beads are as below;

An Yia Yao, China:  ‘Chinese Beads, 600 BC to 600 AD’
This paper covers an exciting  chapter in the cultural history of China and Central Asia, where treasures of polychrome beads have been excavated over the years.An Jia Yao has led numerous key archaeological excavations, researched  ancient ceramics and glass, and her work has been widely cited by Chinese and foreign scholars alike.
Bunchar PongPanich, Thailand ‘Ancient Beads of Southern Thailand and adjacent Regions’
This paper covers the ancient Beads of Thailand especially  the southern peninsula/Kra Isthmus,  the western region along southern Myanmar,  and the central Chao Phrya basin.Bunchar PongPanich is a medical doctor with a deep interest in the history  of his country and region. He recently published ‘Beyond Beads’.
Dora Jok, Sarawak ‘Beads go to your Head – Beaded Hats in Borneo’
This paper is a survey of  beaded headgear found in Borneo  and the symbolic importance. The main emphasis is on the beaded hats of the Orang Ulu of Sarawak and Kalimantan.Dora Jok  is Curator of Ethnology and Collection Management in the Sarawak Museum. Her work includes the documentation of ethnographical artefacts, and editing the Sarawak Museum Journal.
Eleanor Lux, USA ‘Native American Bead Lore and Beading Techniques’
This paper examines the various beading techniques of Native Americans, specifically the    ‘Gourd stitch’ which was first used by the Kiowa and Comanche groups.Eleanor Lux is a designer and artist who has  published widely. In 2016 Eleanor was named an ‘Arkansas Living Treasure’, an award that recognizes a lifetime of work and teaching.
Emmanuel Osakue, Nigeria ‘Beads of West Africa’
This  paper  presents an analysis of  African Beads, and traces the role beads played in indigenous communities, with special emphasis on West AfricaDr.Emmanuel is  a Senior lecturer in Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology.  His works and articles have been locally published, and he participates in the vibrant local arts scene.
Floor Kaspers, Netherlands ‘Lesser-known Bead Manufacturing Centres in Europe’
This paper presents a study of European bead-making in Bohemia, France and Germany, and the influence of the Posser beadmaking process.Floor Kaspers is a researcher and artist who has studied European beadmaking traditions.  ‘Beads from Briare’, ‘Beads from Tucson’, ‘Beads from Jablonec’ and ‘Beads from Germany’.
John Miksic, Singapore ‘The Medieval Bead Trade in Southeast Asia’
This paper examines the ancient glass and stone beads of Southeast Asia, and the influx of Chinese products on the medieval bead market of the region by about the 14th century.Dr Miksic’s  has done research on many sites in Sumatra, Java and Singapore.  He has spent nine years in Indonesia; he is now a lecturer in history at the National University of Singapore
Margaret Mueller, Australia‘Beads of Ethiopia, Past into the Future’
This paper traces the history of Ethiopian beads and amulets, a subject that has received little serious study in the past.Margaret Mueller completed her academic studies in Fine Art and Design at Monash University, Australia. She  is President of the Melbourne Branch of the Bead Society of Victoria, Australia.
Marilee Wood, USA‘A Medieval Whodunit’
This paper explores  the 9th century explosion in the trade of  glass beads.  It will show that intensive world trade and near-monopolies are not just a modern phenomenon.Dr.Wood is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where she studied  archaeological beads from Old World sites.
Pam Annesley, Australia‘Metal Clay Beadmaking’
This paper, and the accompanying workshop, will be of great interest to bead-makers eager to experiment with new materials.Pam Annesley is a well-known artist and worker in metal clays and related materials
Siti Musrikah, Kalimantan‘The Bead Heritage of the Maloh People’
This paper traces the development of the bead culture among the Maloh people of Kalimantan.Siti Musrikah works at the Museum of Sintang. She is the head of Cultural Education Projects for the District on the Middle Kapuas, in Kalimantan

The information above is provided by the Crafthub website. For more information, we recommend you visit Crafthub as they have the full itinerary and other relevant information.

The BIBCo2017 event requires you to register as a participant and you can do so from the official Crafthub Website.  This will secure your spot for the talks or workshops.

As for accommodation, there are numerous hotels available around Kuching or the main event area.

As the BIBCo 2017 is being held at the Waterfront Hotel in Kuching, this would be your first choice. Other hotels in the area which is walking distance include;

There are also several budget hotels available around the main Kuching town area and you can simply check Google or for them. It is also recommended you book your room/s early to get the best rate.

Vendors at the last Borneo International Beads Conference 2015. (Photo from Crafthub)

Borneo International Beads Conference 2017
When: 13th -15th October 2017
Where: The Waterfront Hotel, Kuching
Who: Crafthub Sdn. Bhd.
Phone: +6 082 421346

Moving around Kuching city is easy as everything is between walking distance. There is no need to take a taxi, but if you must, Green Daun would recommend you take Uber, Grab or ask your hotel concierge to arrange for taxi.

The food in Kuching is not to be missed, as Sarawak food is one of the best to try. Many coffee shops, restaurants or cafes around Kuching sell interesting choices of Sarawak food. Must try is the Kolok Mee, Sarawak Laksa and the Iban Chicken ‘Pansoh’.

IF you are attending the Borneo International Beads Conference 2017, we will see you there. This is Malaysia’s premier beading event and highly recommended for anyone who loves beads or beading.

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