Traditional Crafting Made Chic for the Modern Lifestyle
THE SUSU TOTE
An exclusive collection for the Ranee brought to you by Helping Hands Penan, an NGO organisation working with the Penans, an aboriginal semi-nomadic tribe of the Borneo Rainforest. These Penan women who are skillful weavers, mainly use PVC materials to make these beautiful, durable and practical baskets. Helping Hands Penan is dedicated to the welfare of the Penan tribe in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, by creating economic sustainability and through safeguarding their education.
HAND-PAINTED SILK SCARF
One of Borneo’s finest indigenous and most sought-after Bidayuh artists, Narong Daun is self -taught and brings Sarawak’s unique flora and fauna to life using vibrant colours on silk, creating stunning scarves. Her other artworks on canvas and silk have been exhibited in galleries and convention centres in Malaysia, Thailand, India, Australia, Hawaii as well as in our local libraries, museums, hotels and banks. In 2016, Narong was the artist-in-residence at the Ranee Boutique Suites, exhibiting her artworks and conducting live painting sessions. Narong produced an exclusive range of silk scarves for The Ranee Artisan Gallery, which sells at The Ranee and The Marian Boutique Lodging House gift shops.
THE IBAN TOTE BASKET
This table mat is a fine example of using traditional mat-weaving techniques but in a modern, practical material more relevant to life today.
Deep in the rural Betong division of Sarawak, in a longhouse nestled amidst pepper plantations, a group of Iban women artisans ply their craft. Here, they consciously preserve, revive and often reinvent the timeless art of weaving in a bid to enhance their livelihoods.