Abang Johari accompanied by his wife Juma’ani and other VIPs tour booths inside the gallery. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The Songket and Keringkam Gallery located at Jalan Masjid here is part of Sarawak’s effort to protect and preserve the heritage of city folk, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“It is part of our approaches to preserve the city’s ecosystem, which is also known as the Kuching Heritage Trail that comprises culture of the Songket weavers and Keringkam embroideries makers.”

“The gallery is not only set to become a tourist attraction but also one that displays heritage-linked products,” he said when met after the official opening of the gallery yesterday.

In the meantime, he reminded the press that the Sarawak government would develop the Malay Heritage Museum at Darul Hana, which is now still at the design planning stage of development.

“This museum will showcase the traditional life style of villagers (around Kuching), and this includes traditional games like ‘congkak’ and kite-flying,” he added.

In her welcoming speech deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit said the idea of the gallery is to promote and popularise Songket-weaving and Keringkam embroidery-making before they are lost in the pace of modernisation.

The chief minister’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, and Assistant Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development  Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais were among other VIPS present.

By Churchill Edward on March 6, 2020, Saturday at 12:01 AM

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