Asia Pacific Fiber Arts Exhibition & Symposium

Nature Provides. Man Creates. Join Society Atelier Sarawak and AHPADA for a hands-on experience with Asia Pacific’s boldest and most innovative contributions to an ancient artform both creative and functional.

They say the littlest things make the biggest impact. This is certainly true at The Asia Pacific Fiber Arts Exhibition & Symposium curated by Society Atelier Sarawak with AHPADA President and World Crafts Council advisor – Edric Ong – where humble plant fibers take on new life in stunning and functional creations.


The exhibition showcases traditional and contemporary Fiber Arts encompassing a variety of materials including abaca, rattan, and bemban among others, celebrating the culture and creative energy of Asia-Pacific artists and craftsmen.


Marvel at the creations of artists from the region and from as far as the Americas. Step into the unique experiential ‘GLOW’ chamber and experience an innovative showcase of Mexican yarn paintings and Iban ‘pua kumbu’ in a new dimension.


At the symposium, hear the contemporary ideas and challenges shaping one of humankind’s oldest forms of fine art from notable international speakers. Then, jump-in and join artists and local communities for a hands-on experience creating your own masterpieces using nipah palm, bamboo, rattan, and natural-dyed textiles during interactive workshop sessions. Impressively and passionately curated, The Asia Pacific Fiber Arts Exhibition & Symposium proves Kuching to be deserving of its recent status as a ‘World Crafts City’.


Title: The Asia Pacific Fiber Arts Symposium
Date: 4th & 5th of July 2020
Time:  9:00am – 12:00pm (Symposium Papers) || 2:00pm to 5:00pm (Workshops)

Venue: Pullman Hotel @ The Hills


Symposium Speakers include:

  1. Manjari Nirula- Fiber Arts of India 
  2. Dr Laretna Adishakti- Strategies to promote Indonesian Batik
  3. Dr Woralun Boonyasurat – Chiangmai Creative City and the fiber crafts
  4. Brenda Crabtree – First Nations Fiber Arts, Canada
  5. Cheng Tsung Feng – Tradition and Innovation in Taiwan bamboo crafts
  6. Yee I-Lann – “From Village to the Art Gallery”
  7. Artists Shaq Koyok & Ramsay Ong ( in conversation with Florence Lambert)
  8. Artists Senia Jugi & Abot Gudang ( in conversation with Edric Ong)
  9. Penan fiber artists ( in conversation with Jacqueline Fong)
  10. Myra Widiono – Ulap Doyo innovation in Kalimantan Indonesia
  11. Cilau Valadez – Yarn paintings of the Huichol people of Mexico
  12. Dr Raymundo Rovillos – Preserving traditional knowledge of crafts through education.

Title: The Asia Pacific Fiber Arts & Exhibition
Date: 3rd to 15th July 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Venue: The Hills