Ta… da……. here it goes. Finally this piece of 3D quilling is done. Yes, it’s a stage, and it represents Sarawak, Borneo generally, thus I named it “The Heart of Sarawak”. Took me quite a while to complete the whole stage, especially the human figurines.
Now, let me explain a little…….
As you can see, we have the colourful rainforest surrounding the stage. In the rainforest, the rhinoceros hornbill can be spotted easily. While the Rafflesia is booming with glory, the Pitcher plant is growing somwhere in the forest too. Can you locate the pitcher plant?
The people of Sarawak is represented by the warrior, Rentap boy, the Iban dancer, Mala & the famous sape player, Tusau. All wearing their traditional costumes, their bodies are tattooed, which represents the story of their lives.
The art of Sarawak can be seen on the carved totem pole behind, and on the shields in front.
Sarawak, The Land of Hornbills is filled with rich & diversed culture. I am already thinking of making a second stage…. stay tuned.
Today, I am introducing another aspect of Sarawak, it’s art & culture. Of course it is a huge topic to touch on, so I pick to things to touch on with my 3D quilling.
Right below, we see a totem pole, which is part of the Orang Ulu’s culture. This carved pole, supposed to be part of the coffin of the dead warriors. Coffins are normally placed high up, on top of the pole. In this case, I didn’t quill the coffin. hahaha….. Only quill the pole, which is a beautifully carved totem pole.
Underneath, I would like to present to you the Sape boy, whom I named “Tusau”. Originally, Tusau Padan was a very skillful man especially in arts. Being an artistic man, he played sape (a traditional lute) very well, and he could even carve and create sapes. I quilled Tusau by looking at real life model / pictures of orang ulu holding and playing a sape.
Next part, I will show you the end product “The Heart of Sarawak, Borneo” is finally done.
This round, I am introducing few important characters that you will always hear when learning Sarawak’s history. Iban, one of the largest tribes in Sarawak, are famous with their warrior stories, “ngajat” dance, traditional longhouses, “tuak” drink, etc.
My 3D quilling is done based on the stories I learnt about them. In the 1st picture below, I named the Iban figurine “Rentap boy”, named after the most famous Iban warrior in Sarawak’s history. Rentap means “Worldshaker” and he fought for freedom of his people.
While in the 2nd picture, you see Rentap boy’s friend, who is also a Iban warrior, whom I have not named him. Both armed with their shields and “parangs”, the tattoos on their bodies represent their live stories too. The piece of clothing they are wearing is called “chawat”.
Last but not least, the last picture was a 3D quilling on an Iban dancer. I called her “Mala”, named after one of Rentap’s wife. Iban ladies are very good with their “ngajat” dance and they sway away with the gongs and background musics.
Will be back soon for Part 3.
This 3D stage is especially dedicated to my motherland, Sarawak – Land of the Hornbills. For those who are far and you are wondering where Sarawak is, it is situated in the heart of Borneo Island, the 3rd largest island in the world. It is also the largest State in Malaysia.
We are unique with our rich history, culture and and can you believe it, we have more than 40 sub-ethnic groups. To name a few, the Ibans, Bidayuhs, Kayans, Kelabits, Kenyahs, Lumbawangs, Melanaus, Orang Ulus, Penans, and the list goes on……… Each ethic group has its own distinct language, culture and lifestyle.
Sarawak is rich with its diversed rainforest too. In the million years old rainforest, you can find the largest flower in the world, The Rafflesia. Looking up, you might stumble upon the magnificent Rhinoceros Hornbill. Not forgetting the “monkey’s cup” or the right word “The Pitcher Plant”! Well, there’s simply too much to write, so I have decided to share the stories with you, in the form of 3D Quilling.
Like drama series, I will add on different chapters as time goes by. Today, we have a brief introduction to Sarawak. Enjoy the album.
(For those who would like to have a 3D stage as a gift for home display, we take in orders too.)
In case you have not heard of Gawai Dayak, it is a harvest festival celebrated in Sarawak on 1st June yearly. Big celebrations will be carried across the State of Sarawak, from town to rural area.
I created this 3D quilling figurine in conjunction with this festival. It represents the Dayak Warriors who fights and protect their ‘kampung” (village) and their people. This Dayak Warrior carries his shield & parang knife with him, while wearing the traditional “cawat”.
I created this figurine based on a real life model from this link : http://johnadamgilbert.blogspot.com/2009/10/pengerindu-ke-pengeraja-asal-kitai.html
Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai!
Recently, we had just participated in the fundraising for Women of Faith Conference 2013, which was held in Sarawak Borneo from 1-3 March 2013. It was indeed a pleasure to be able to contribute to this fundraising event.
I must praise the organiser for a big success in this event. More than 150 participants came from all over Malaysia and yes, of course it was only for women.
Here are the brooches designed and hand made for every participant of WOFC 2013.
Clara’s Crafty Corner’s brooches on WOFC ladies.
Photo courtesy of : Hobart Chai Chik Wei