Sarawak Museum Talk Series

October 22, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sarawak Museum Cafe & Shop
No 96
Jalan Main Bazaar, 93000 Kuching, Sarawak

15 October:

Unrevealing Keringkam. A Lost in Sarawak Malay tradition

by Ms Natasha Amarina, content & documentation officer Sarawak Museum Campus









A Keringkam is a traditional headscarf worn by Sarawak Malay women from as early as the 19th century. In those days, wearing a Keringkam was seen as a fashion statement especially within the circle of women from aristocratic families.

The scarf is traditionally worn with a baju kurung or long kebaya during special occasions such as weddings, khatam Al-Quran or official meetings and gatherings. It is distinctive from other headscarves because of the fine handcrafted embroidery work using gold and silver-colored coarse threads. The Keringkam is nowadays only and sparsely worn by Malay brides during their weddings or by artists during a cultural performance.

The Keringkam is one of the cultural unique fashion textiles from Sarawak and nowadays has become an almost forgotten tradition of the Malay culture. Therefore, in my talk I will reveal the story of the Keringkam and how it reflects the identity of Sarawak Malay women in terms of the weaving and the designs involved.


22 October: Peek into the history of the Sarawak Museum collections by Ms Jennifer Rachel Morris









29 October: Animism, Head-taking & skulls in Borneo. An ethnolinguistic perspective by Dr Oliver Venz









Please reserve your seat for the talks via email to Ms. Hazlinda Dollen: