Arts & Crafts in Kuching

Main Bazaar

The row of old shophouses facing the Waterfront Promenade is chock-full of handicrafts shops, some outfitted like art galleries, others with more of a ‘garage sale’ appeal, and yet others (especially along the Main …
Arts & Crafts in Kuching


The group of women at Tanoti are the only people to practise a distinct Sarawakian form of songket weaving, a way of creating embroidered fabrics. Visitors are welcome to visit the workshop and see the weaving, but …
Arts & Crafts in Kuching

Juliana Native Handwork

As well as her own Bidayuh beadwork pieces – most of which have been displayed in an exhibition in Singapore – Juliana sells quality rattan mats made by Penan artists (RM780) and pua kumba Iban woven cloths. The int…
Arts & Crafts in Bario

Sinah Rang Lemulun

Sinah sells lovely Kelabit beadwork, all locally made in the longhouse dapur (communal verandah). This is a good place to pick up a kabo’ (RM50 to RM100, depending on the quality of the beads), a beadwork pendant sh…
Arts & Crafts in Miri

Miri Handicraft Centre

Undergoing extensive rebuilding when we visited, the new centre should be open by the time you read this. Expect to find several stalls selling colourful bags, baskets, sarongs, textiles etc made by Iban, Kelabit, K…
Food in Kuching

UD Siburan Jaya

Down the back of this souvenir shop you can find an excellent selection of Sarawakian specialities such as pepper (black and white), laksa paste, sambal, Bario rice and even tuak (rice wine).
Books in Kuching

Mohamed Yahia & Sons

Specialises in English-language books on Borneo, history of Sarawak and natural history. Also carries Sarawak maps and a few travel guides. Doubles as a money changer.
Supermarket in Kuching

Ting & Ting

A good selection of wine, snack food, chocolate, toiletries and nappies.
Food & Drinks in Bario

Renai Cafe

A general store with packaged noodles, drinks and some grocery items.
Clothing in Kuching


This fine little boutique has a well-chosen selection of made-in-Sarawak fabrics and clothing in both traditional and modern Orang Ulu–inspired designs, including silk sarongs and men’s batik shirts.