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Sponsored by Old Kuching Smart Heritage, this is a series of culturally themed events, including Lembaran Emas, the fashion show and exhibition, talks and a public outdoor event.


Sponsored by Old Kuching Smart Heritage, this is a series of culturally themed events, including Lembaran Emas, the fashion show and exhibition, talks and a public outdoor event.


Lembaran Emas: Songket and Keringkam of Sarawak

A special RFF commission, Lembaran Emas: Songket and Keringkam of Sarawak is  the Opening Show, under the series Asas Melayu.

This special fashion show presents unique Sarawak songket and keringkam featuring designs by “Malaysia’s King of Fashion” - Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Sarawak’s own “Queen of Bornean Fashion” - Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi and the exquisite Sarawak songket producer - Tanoti House. This showcase also features Sarawak’s emerging textile artisans - Manggees Collection, Tampan Keringkam, Keringkam Bahij and Seri Gedong Songket.

Two distinct interludes will showcase the Sarawak traditional Malay bridal wear notably known as “Gajah Olen” by Manggees Collection and “Tikar Nyunsong Pengantin” by Tampan Keringkam. The show is narrated by a prominent Sarawakian poet, Zach Manan of Studio Labu.


Lembaran Emas: The Exhibition

As a tie-in to the fashion show entitled Lembaran Emas: Songket and Keringkam of Sarawak, this is a panel exhibition (in Malay and English) which gives further insight into the rich textiles of Sarawak. The exhibition showcases the history, materials, techniques, processes and applications of the Sarawak songket and keringkam.


A Trilogy of Talks

Presented by experts and researchers on Malay culture, this is a series of talks focusing on the history, culture and intriguing rediscoveries of stories relating to the Malay communities of Sarawak.


Malam Melayu

In collaboration with the Sarawak Culinary Heritage and Arts Committee, Malam Melayu presents an evening of Malay food and culture as part of the festival’s Asas Melayu weekend. Join us and be enthralled by offerings of traditional cuisines such as satay and ketupat, kuih lapis, umai and nasi aruk, to name a few. Learn about preparations for linut, a traditional sago-based delicacy, among other cuisines, via demonstrations by KINO Live Heritage Kitchen. Stay back and enjoy traditional gendang music, Melanau cultural performances and screenings of short and feature films.

These programmes are sponsored by Old Kuching Smart Heritage

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