KUCHING (Bernama) – Eight museums in Borneo are jointly showcasing their regional textile collection at the 2014 Wastra Borneo Exhibition.
The exhibition is held at the Sarawak Textile Museum in the Pavilion Building and began yesterday.
The museums are the Sarawak Museum, Sabah Museum, Brunei Museum, West Kalimantan Museum, Kapuas Raya
Sintang Museum (Kalimantan), East Kalimantan Museum, South Kalimantan Museum and Central Kalimantan Museum.
Sarawak Museum Department director Ipoi Datan said the exhibition, themed ‘Serupa Tapi Tak Sama: Mengasyikkan’ (Similar But Not the Same: Engrossing) was aimed at fostering cooperation amongst the museums in Borneo.
He said the exhibition was held for the first time at the Jakarta Textile Museum, from June 4 to 16, last year and was themed ‘The Beauty of Diversity’.
In his speech, Sarawak Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage Liwan Lagang said the island of Borneo was indeed, a treasure full of textiles such as the ‘pua kumbu’ in Sarawak, ‘songket’ in Brunei and ‘batik’ in Indonesia.
He said the art of weaving and textiles played an important role in the culture of the local community; for example,
‘pua kumbu’ in Sarawak was still considered ‘sacred’ and the production of its motif depended on the situation of the weaver.
“It also plays an important role in the Iban community culture, such as the birth of a child during Gawai celebration, weddings and after ‘nyayau’ (beheading ceremony),” he added.
Liwan said the “new museology” demanded museums to cooperate with its surrounding society as they needed
each other in creating a community’s identity through research or collections which were kept or displayed.