Borneo International Beads Conference 2017

Borneo International Beads ConferenceThe Borneo International Beads Conference 2017 takes place in Kuching, Sarawak, from 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 takes place every two years.  The Borneo International Beads Conference is also known for its short form of BIBCo and is brought to you by Crafthub of Kuching.

Borneo International Beads Conference

Crafthub is a Sarawakian non-profit organisation that 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 several 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 know more about them.

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

A Sarawakian beaded headgear 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 must 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 beadwork.
  • Maggie Mueller
    Learn how to make an Abyssinian 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, seashell beads (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. For more detailed information, visit the Crafthub website.

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 within walking distance include;

There are also several budget hotels available around the main Kuching town area, and you can 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 within 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 a taxi.


The food in Kuching is not to be missed, as Sarawak food is best to try. Many coffee shops, restaurants or cafes around Kuching sell interesting choices of Sarawak food.

Some of the must-try local favourite Sarawakian dishes are 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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