The Bead Goes On

By Carolyn Hong

February 2016 FOOTPRINTS
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It is one thing to preserve traditional handicraft making, but ensuring that it thrives requires grit and dedication.It was like entering a treasure cave when Litad Mulok finally let me into the small building located across from her house.Arranged on long tables were thousands of loose beads in shiny shapes and colours, and many others strung into beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Nestled next to them were the traditional beaded headgear and belts worn by Lun Bawang women.Overwhelmed, I almost...

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Carolyn Hong

lives in Ba Kelalan sometimes, in KL sometimes. A former journalist who once chased the big stories for a regional newspaper, she now hunts for the small stories in Malaysia’s smallest places.