Heidi Munan – the honorary curator of beads at the Sarawak Museum – displays the beauty, variety and mystique of the beads and bead culture found in the world's third-largest island. Coverage of this culturally significant subject transcends the island’s political boundaries to include the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Brunei and Kalimantan in Indonesia.
Drawing on the author's extensive fieldwork, Beads of Borneo explores the island and people of Borneo, the history of the bead trade and the island’s indigenous bead cultures, beads as jewellery, their religious qualities and modern trends in bead design.
It takes a skilled writer to keep a reader engaged on the subject of beads for 144 pages, but Beads of Borneo manages to do it. Tracing the history of Borneo's bead trade. This attractive and eminently readable book illustrates the beauty, the variety and the mystique of the colorful culture of beads on the third-largest island in the world.
- Bill Dalton, Bali Advertiser
Heidi Munan has been studying the material culture of Sarawak for over 30 years. In her capacity as a private researcher and Honorary Curator of Beads at the Sarawak Museum, she has had ample opportunity to study and learn from indigenous experts and foreign scholars in this and related fields. She has also published books, articles and papers on various topics related to Sarawak and Borneo, and has contributed to Malaysia: Heart of Southeast Asia published by Archipelago Press.
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