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WORLD CRAFT CITIES NETWORK FORUM

November 8, 2019 - November 10, 2019

KUCHING, the Capital City of Sarawak, Malaysia, has the reputation of being the Hub and Gateway to the Crafts of the Indigenous Peoples of Sarawak, and Borneo. With the wealth and diversity of the various forms of Crafts of over thirty communities expressed in textile, fiber, ceramic, wood etc, Kuching has recently joined the ranks of other Crafts Cities around the World such as Jaipur (India), Jogjakarta ( Indonesia), Dongyang ( China), Dehua (China), Sakon Nakhon ( Thailand), Isfahan ( Iran), and twenty other cities around the World that has been accredited as Craft Cities by the World Crafts Council, a UNESCO Category A Affiliate Organization.

In celebration of Kuching as World crafts Council- City for Crafts, and in fulfillment of the obligation to host the Biennale for Craffts, it is now proposed that Kuching will host the World Crafts Cities Network Forum on 8th and 9th November in conjunction with the AHPADA/WEFT Symposium event being held concurrently.

DRESS AND CULTURAL IDENTITY
The 9th Biennial WEFT Forum, Exhibition and Fashion Show
In conjunction with the World Crafts Cities Network Forum

DAILY PROGRAM

Friday 8 November
9.00- 10.00 am: Opening Ceremony by Y.A.B. Datuk Patinggi Abang Hj. Abd Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abg Hj Openg, Chief Minister of Sarawak.

Tour of International Exhibition Booths

10.00-10.30 am: Tea/Coffee Break

SYMPOSIUM (Facilitator: YM Raja Datin Paduka Fuziah b. Raja Tun Uda )
Session 1 Chaired by YM Raja Datin Paduka Fuziah b. Raja Tun Uda
11.00-11.30 am: HRH Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Bendoro:Yogyakarta Palace dress code, Indonesia
11.30-12.00 pm: John Ang-Royal Attire of the Nusantara
12.00-12.30 pm: Filomena Reiss- The Baduy Code of Dress, Indonesia
12.30- 1.00 pm: Dr Siti Norkhalbi Wahsalfelah- Brunei Costume
1.00-1.30 pm: Ahmed Alfarsi-Omani Costumes
1.30-2.30 pm: Lunch Break
2.30-3.30 pm: WORLD CRAFTS CITIES NETWORK FORUM Session 1

WORKSHOPS:
A. Feather and Floral Lei by Herman Kekoa Ka’oiwinani Mossman Tachera
B. Sarong Style by Meechai Taesurijaya, Apip Jogjakarta, Asif Shaikh
C. Natural Dyes by Warlami Indonesia, Nest Kokonest

3.30-4.00 pm: Tea/Coffee Break
4.00-5.00 pm: WORLD CRAFTS CITIES NETWORK FORUM Session 2
7.00 pm: Official Opening of Exhibition

Saturday 2 Dec
Session 2 Chaired by Dr Surapee Rojanavongse
9.00- 9.30 am: Savitri Suwansathit- Thai Dress through the ages, Thailand
9.30-10.00 am: Keo Siri Everingham: Laos Costume
10.00-10.30 am: Dr Nguyen Thi Ngan- The Ao Dai, Vietnam
10.30-11.00 am: Dinara Chochunbaeva- Kyrgyz traditional hats Ak-kalpak and Elechek (Tea/Coffee Break)
Session 3 Chaired by Mdm Manjari Nirula
11.00-11.30 am: Laila Tyabji—Saree of India
11.30-12.00 am: Monisha Ahmed- Ladakh identity in dress, India

Session 4 Chaired by Prof. Shaikh Azahar Bin Shaikh Hussain
12.00-12.30 am: Mai Ni Ni Aung- Myanmar Dress
12.30-1.00 pm: Joseph Lo- Indigenous Chinese minority style
1.00- 1.30 pm: Victorino Manalo- Terno Dress of Philippines
1.30-2.30 pm: Lunch Break
2.30-3.30 pm: WORLD CRAFTS CITIES NETWORK FORUM Session 3

WORKSHOPS:
A. Feather and Floral Lei by Herman Kekoa Ka’oiwinani Mossman Tachera
B. Sarong Style by Meechai Taesurijaya, Apip Jogjakarta, Asif Shaikh
C. Natural Dyes by Warlami Indonesia, Nest Kokonest

3.30-4.00 pm: Tea/Coffee Break
4.00-5.00 pm: WORLD CRAFTS CITIES NETWORK FORUM Session 4

Workshops continue
7.00 pm: Gala Dinner/International Fashion Show

Sunday 3 Dec

Session 5 Chaired by Dr Sitthichai Smanchat

9.00- 9.30 am: Naoko Matsuyama : Kimono Culture of Japan
9.30-10.00 am: Suknam Yang: Korean Style
10.00-10.30 am: Yuan Guo Xiang- Chinese Cultural Dress
10.30-11.00 am: Prof Zhang Hui- Smart Dress- new directions in Chinese dress design (Tea/Coffee Break)

Session 6 Chaired by Datin Dayang Mariani

11.00 -11.30 am: Herman Kekoa Ka’oiwinani Mossman Tachera: Lei style of Hawaii USA
11.30-12.00 am: Prof YY Wan- Paiwan of Taiwan
12.00- 12.30 pm: Roxanna Amarillo:The Poncho traditional handmade clothing of Argentina
12.30-1.30 pm: Sarawak Costumes Round Table:

Dayak Cultural Foundation-Iban Dress
DBNA-Bidayuh Costumes
Persatuan Melayu Sarawak-Malay Dress of Sarawak OUNA-Orang Ulu of Sarawak
Persatuan Melanau Sarawak

1.30- 2.30 pm: Lunch Break
2.30-3.30 pm: AHPADA (ASEAN HANDICRAFT PROMOTION AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION) BOARD MEETING

OR
Workshops on:
A. Feather and Floral Lei by Herman Kekoa Ka’oiwinani Mossman Tachera
B. Sarong Style by Meechai Taesurijaya, Apip Jogjakarta, Asif Shaikh
C. Natural Dyes by Warlami Indonesia, Nest Kokonest

3.30-4.00 pm: Tea/Coffee Break.
4.30-5.00 pm: Workshops continue

7.00 pm: Farewell Dinner (Mad Hatters Theme Party), Dewan Sri Bunga Rampai.

The W.E.F.T. FORUM was first started in September, 1999 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Since then, the WEFT Forum has been a biennial event.

2001 (20-22 Sept): ‘BASKETRY’ and Natural Dye Workshop.
2003 (19-21 Sept): ‘Hand Painted, Printed and Decorated Textiles’.
2006 (5-7 May): ‘Textile Traditions Today’.
2008 (12-14 Sept): “Textiles and Fibers- The Untold Stories”
2010( 24-26 Sept): “ Nature’s Color Code”
2012 (27 Sept- 1 Oct)“ISEND/WEFT- Waste To Wealth”
2014 (Event held in Taiwan)
2017 (1st-3rd December): World Ikat Textiles..Ties that Bind”

WEFT Forum Objectives:

  • To promote, share and acquire knowledge on the use of natural fibers and dyes.
  • To conserve and encourage the use of natural, sustainable material in the creation of arts and crafts.
  • To network amongst natural-material producers and the craftspeople through the establishment of an information database.
  • To develop a marketing network e.g. trade in raw materials, dye stuff etc.
  • To encourage and coordinate research and study into the traditional use of natural fiber and dyes in all forms of textile weaving, basketry, mat-weaving, plaiting etc.
  • To promote the development of World-Eco Fiber and Textile Art.
  • To foster cultural exchange through exhibitions, conferences, international visits by the craftspeople for the purpose of study, lectures and workshops.

The ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association (AHPADA), an affiliated Member of ASEAN, acts as a regional forum of ASEAN Member states to address issues concerning the revitalization, promotion and development of crafts. As a regional body, it has linkages with international agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations in order to create an awareness of Southeast Asian craft products. AHPADA’s activities include the organization of seminars and workshops addressing issues such as product development, financing of craft enterprises, and market promotion.

AHPADA was established as a result of the International Workshop on Handicraft for Export held in conjunction with CONEX ’81 in Bangkok in February 1981 by ASEAN representatives from both the Government and Private Sectors. The founding members were Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Singapore and Brunei Darussalam joined in little later. Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam joined in September 1999.

International Exhibition

Costumes and in particular the Headdresses from the 10 ASEAN members countries namely Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Brunei will be exhibited together with the ASEAN Plus countries such as India, China, Japan and Korea.
From Sarawak, the variety of head-dress and costumes of the 30 races will be the attraction such as the Iban silver ‘sugu tinggi’ ( female), ‘topi tunjang’ (male); Bidayuh beaded tall hats, conical rattan hats and embroidered caps; Orang Ulu beaded sun-hats ‘sa-ong’; Lun Bawang and Kelabit beaded ‘pata’ skull caps; Melanau palm ‘terendak’ hats; Malay ‘keringkam’ head-covering and ‘songkok’, Penan plaited rattan ‘head-bands etc. The Kadazan/Dusun hats from Sabah and the various “tengkolok’ folded ‘kain songket’ formal head-dress of the other states of Peninsular Malaysia will complete the collection of Malaysia.

Of special interest will be the ‘gourd’ hats from the Philippines; palm hats from Rote, Indonesia, the intricate gilded ceremonial dance head-dress from Thailand and Cambodia; the distinctive Vietnamese hat; Chinese opera ‘head-dress’, Indian Maharajah’s turbans and Japanese samurai hats.

(organized by Society Atielier Sarawak & AHPADA)

CONTACT:

Society of Atilier Sarawak (Organizer)
Mr.Edric Ong
Advisor of WCC-APR
Email: [email protected]

Ms.Francsika Lembong
VP of South East Asia Subregion
Email: [email protected]

Ms.Hesti Kresnarini
Representative of VP of South East Asia Subregion
Email: [email protected]

Dr.Sitthichai Smanchat
VP of South East Asia Subregion
Email: [email protected]

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Details

Start:
November 8, 2019
End:
November 10, 2019
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Venue

Kuching
Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia + Google Map
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