A special RFF commission, this is the Opening Show of RFF2019, under the series Asas Melayu. This fashion show will present unique Sarawak songket and keringkam designs by Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi and Tanoti House, in collaboration with emerging textile artisans.
A special RFF commission, Lembaran Emas: Songket and Keringkam of Sarawak is the Opening Show of the festival and a part of 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.
Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran
Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran used to be known as Malaysia’s “Prince of Fashion” and now “King of Fashion”. Chandran is also a Malaysian television personality; he was the chief designer for Project Runway Malaysia and a guest judge of Britain’s Next Top Model. Well ahead of his time, his talent is well acknowledged amongst the aristocrats in Malaysia and even reached the shores of Brunei. He still attends to royal patronage from Brunei, Malaysia and international celebrities like Michelle Yeoh, Lady Gaga, Estelle, Tori Amos and many others.
Dato’ Tom Abang Saufi
Sometimes called a “Hero of Heritage” in fashion circles, Dato' Tom Abang Saufi is well-known for her fusion of the traditional and contemporary in her richly colourful collections spanning over three decades. The inspiration for her unique expression of upholding her Sarawakian roots is diversely drawn from textiles and techniques such as traditional ‘Pua Kumbu’ and contemporary ‘Batik’. Her brand introduces designs with no zips and no buttons.
Tanoti is Sarawak’s most progressive songket atelier, housing a community of artisans entirely dedicated towards the preservation of the craft of songket weaving. Every process of producing handwoven songket is executed entirely by hand and in the most purist of ways - the artisans, using the skills practised by their mothers and the generations of mothers before them. By infusing design and science into traditional techniques, Tanoti catalyses an imminent songket revolution.
Seri Gedong Songket
Founded by Ramtiniwaiti in 2015 with only 3 weavers as a start. Began to be active since 2016 and has been involved with various expos and demos including the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation in 2017.
Founded by Danny Zulkifli in 2016. Other than cultivating love into the art by producing new products, Danny also has been actively assisting non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and statutory bodies in research related to keringkam.
First indulged in keringkam embroidery in the year 2014. Learning the skill from various respected embroiderers and founded the brand name ‘Tampan Keringkam’. Specializes in keringkam embroideries in the form of selayah, selendang and souvenirs. Actively involved in research with government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for documentation purposes.
Rahim, who was a teacher, joined the embroidery course in 2004 and finally started his own business in 2008 to meet the needs of the customers. Rahim has involved in the Majma Mall Wedding Fair 2017 and Dayak R & R Cultural 2019. Until today, he has more than a decade of experience in the keringkam embroidery field.
This programme is sponsored by Old Kuching Smart Heritage