The Best Gifts and Souvenirs from Sarawak

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The Best Gifts and Souvenirs from Sarawak

Looking for gift ideas? Here is a list of the best gifts and souvenirs from Sarawak to bring home!

Sarawak is located on the north-western shore of Borneo, and has long been popularised as the destination for authentic culture, exhilarating adventures and its virgin nature landscape. Here, one can get a taste of the lifestyle of the indigenous communities, explore gigantic caves in the heart of the rainforest, shoot rapids on a swollen river, or simply to collect unforgettable memories in Malaysia's largest state.

From traditional experiences to modern amenities, Sarawak is a place where two worlds collide - a dazzling combination of modern savvy and age-long traditions. Here, one can experience warm hospitality unlike any other, while enjoying humble authenticity away from tourist-congested areas.

The indigenous people of Sarawak have been living in the forests for centuries, conditioning them to use natural materials as building parts for everything from baskets to boats. When shopping for souvenirs here, expect to find creative handmade creations from jungle scraps and finds by talented local artisans!

Hand-woven Baskets

Baskets from Sarawak are sturdy and heavy-duty with designs that withstand the stresses of demanding use. They are made using long Bemban wands, where the strong and smooth outer layer is stripped off and plaited into baskets or even sleeping mats that will last for decades.

A well-known Borneo ethnic souvenir would be the Kadazan's Wakid. This bamboo basket is commonly used to carry vegetables, meats and other produce at wet markets. It is both beautiful and practical!

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Hand-woven baskets sold in Sarawak

Rattan Products

Rattan, cane or 'climbing palm' is a durable cable that can be made into different furniture and usable items. Although slightly more expensive, rattan products can last through the years thanks to its hardy fibers which are capable of withstanding severe heat and cold, ideal even for outdoor use. When kept away from humidity, it is resistant to wear and tear.

Examples of rattan products include baskets (of course), floor mats, table mats, wall hangings, and bracelets.

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Colorful rattan products sold in Sarawak

Beads

Beads are worn and treasured for centuries in Borneo. Although the style and purpose has changed over the years, bead work is still as popular and in demand as ever. While a plethora of colors can be found across the region presently, the original and authentic colors are blue, white, yellow and black.

Examples of traditional bead crafts are the Ibanese beaded collars, necklaces, baby carriers, and phone pouches.

Textile

The most authentic form of textile you can find here is called the bark cloth, created using the inner bast of the tekalong tree. Bark cloth is used by the Lun Bawang tribe to make colorful embroidered jackets as a ceremonial attire and occasionally, hats.

The Ibanese is known for warp ikat - a type of textile honed by generations of its women that requires dyeing and meticulous weaving. Today, the number of older women with the knowledge of preparing the dyes and countable and limited, making these elders highly respected in the local community.

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Textiles from Sarawak are both colorful and unique


Before leaving Sarawak, be sure to bring home with you any of the handicrafts mentioned above! Not only do they make great, unique souvenirs, your purchases will also contribute to the local community through supporting their economy.

In Sarawak, there is never a shortage of traditional, handmade handicrafts from different indigenous groups. From jewelries to baskets, you will surely find something that will remind you of the sweet memories of Borneo!

Can't seem to find the right souvenirs? Head over to the Miri Handicraft Centre for a comfortable gift-hunting experience where you can easily find some of the most popular souvenirs all under one roof!

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Miri Handicraft Centre

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Run by individual producers, the Miri Handicraft Centre showcases traditional ethnic crafts of Sarawak.


Miri Handicraft Centre
Corner of Jalan Brooke and Jalan Merbau, Miri, Sarawak.

Happy shopping!

Rollinggrace

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