“I used my leg to rock my baby’s cradle while my hands were busy trying to learn how to weave the serdang leaves. The first few were not at all pretty. I think my interest really grew when I realised that these objects could make my family some money. I persevered despite the first few not being any good. But I soon managed to make them look nice. It used to take me one whole day to make one basket but now I can finish it in an hour.”

Muarini Horon,

Bajau Serdang-leaf basket weaver, Sabah State, Malaysia


Most of the students of my early classes are now old and they can no longer weave, so I have to continue sharing this skill with even younger members of the community. Provided they have the interest, of course. I do fear that these skills will disappear forever if we do not ensure that new weavers are trained.

Hajah Pandian Sulaiman
Maestro of Iranun, Sabah, Malaysia


“I weave both traditional designs such as the gasing (spinning top) or the tinompok. Actually these motifs are derived from ancient Rungus brassware. Most of these artefacts are no longer with us, so to remember our treasures, we weave the shapes into these small containers.”

Jesinta Matandan,
Rinago Basket Weaver, Sabah State, Malaysia