Adapting Art to Tell Stories of Sabah

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Tamu Tamu Collective injects tradition into modern craftwork.

Modern drawstring bags made out of traditional Rungus fabric, old-fashioned beads paired with lava rocks to become a sassy bracelet, or perhaps, tattoo motifs etched on stylish brass jewellery.

These are some of Tamu Tamu Collective’s eclectic collection of modern crafts that take old heritage traditions of Sabah and breathe young life into them.

This collective comprises eight young Sabahan artisans who make contemporary crafts such as wire jewellery and streetwear – but with a difference. Their items deftly incorporate elements of their heritage as a way to assert their unique identity and preserve old stories.

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