Gemstones and paper crafts stand out during RWCB 2014

By Jude Toyat
@judetbpseeds
 

VISITORS TO THE RAINFOREST WORLD CRAFTS BAZAAR (RWCB) set up alongside the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) 2014 were fascinated by the fine handicrafts by artisans from around the world on display at the Sarawak Cultural Village for the three-day festival June 20-22.

 

Among the artisans who grabbed the golden opportunity to showcase their creative work here was Archana Avinash, 28, from India, a crystal healer and a tarot card reader who came for the first time bringing her arts of crystals and gem stones.

 

Archana Avinash, Crystal Healer and Jewelry Designer and Owner of Strings & Beads

Archana Avinash, crystal healer and jewelry designer and owner of Strings & Beads

 

“I came to know about RWMF when I first came to Borneo last year for the Borneo International Beads Conference (Bibco) where I met with Heidi Munan who introduced me to this festival and that’s when my interest to come and display my artwork here started.

 

“I am so inspired by this festival and I will make a collection out of this inspiration, more on the rainforests in Sarawak, to add up to what I have brought here which are urban tribal jewelry from India,” she said when met on the third day of the festival.

 

Gem stones necklaces by Strings & Beads

Gem stones necklaces by Strings & Beads

Gemstone Bracelets by Strings & Beads

Gemstone Bracelets by Strings & Beads

Gemstone earrings by Strings & Beads

Gemstone earrings by Strings & Beads

 

Archana also added that the sales of her items was good and she hoped to return to the festival again next year, bringing new items, probably some new items that she will make out of her inspiration from the Sarawak rainforest.

 

Her collections include gem stones, crystals, and pure silver and can be purchased through her Facebook page ‘stringsnbeads’. Most of her buyers actually come from outside India.

 

For Kuchingite Kiew Boon Siew, 41, founder of Heart Treasures Sdn Bhd, the crafts bazaar was a good platform for her to display the artwork made by her ‘angels’; youths diagnosed with autism, development delay (slow learner), cerebral palsy, deaf and mute, physical disability, orphans and single mothers.

 

Kiew Boon Siew, Founder of Heart Treasures Sdn Bhd with a necklace made out of paper

Kiew Boon Siew, Founder of Heart Treasures Sdn Bhd showing off a necklace at her stall.

 

Heart Treasures is a local company that aims to teach the art of crafting to those with developmental disabilities in an effort to help develop their motor skills and as part of their occupational therapy activities in the hopes of providing career opportunities for them.

 

This is the third year that they have participated in the festival and even though Kiew commented that less visitors came to her stall compared to the previous two years, she is still thankful for having the opportunity to share the handicrafts made by her angels to the rest of the world.

 

Handicrafts made out of paper by the angels of Heart Treasures Sdn Bhd (1)

Handicrafts made out of paper by the angels of Heart Treasures.

Handicrafts made out of paper by the angels of Heart Treasures.

More papercrafts by the angels of Heart Treasures.

 

“I want to share the message to everyone that my angels are very creative in handicrafts with the items being displayed here, mostly paper jewelry and drawings, and the stories behind the products. I hope that the visitors who came here will know the importance of proper treatment so we will be able to nurture and transform society’s dream together in high dignity.”

 

Kiew Boon Siew (Founder) and Bong Pei Fong (Director) showing their handicrafts made by their angels

Kiew and Bong Pei Fong (director) showing off their papercrafts made by their angels.

 

The crafts bazaar also featured wide variety of local, fusion and international food and beverages as well as stalls selling festival memorabilia, performers CDs and collectibles at the venue.

 

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