Brunei cultural crafts exhibited at Korea’s Busan Museum of Art

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A JONGSARAT (brocade), a dastar (headgear) and a takiding (a bamboo basket to carry farm produce and worn on the back) are among a few pieces that will introduce Brunei’s beauty and culture to Busan Museum of Art visitors.

The museum now houses 10 artworks and craft from Brunei, along with culture pieces from the ASEAN member countries as part of its “The Origin of Beauty: Dramatic Nostalgia”. The exhibit is on display through February 1, 2015.

Launched yesterday by the Mayor of Busan, Suh Bung-soo, the exhibition features works from 100 artists from ASEAN member countries.

It is one of the activities held in conjunction with the 2014 ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit.

Curators hope the exhibition will give viewers a new way to observe the traditional and historical antiquities in terms of art and culture of Southeast Asia. All the artworks were based on the respective countries definition and interpretation of beauty.

The displays from Brunei include watercolour painting of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque by Hj Rosli Hj Kadir, and an old Muara bridge acrylic on canvas painting by Zainal DP Hj Md Daud.

The exhibition also features the 212 x 86.5 cm jongsarat, the dastar (traditional head gear worn by Malay males in the past), the takiding and a celapa (made up of bronze and used to store betel nut).

Some of the displays make use of materials native to the country in handicrafts that produce beautiful, functional and durable designs, a representative from the Brunei Museum Department said. The takiding, for example, is beautiful in the way that it is made up of hundreds of individual straps of bamboo that when woven together create a strong and beautiful design, she added.

The items curated for the exhibition are a mix of traditional and contemporary art, providing visitors the opportunity to experience the global culture and to enhance the understanding of art culture of ASEAN member countries.

Brunei’s Museums Department hopes that through showcasing Brunei’s culture and heritage it can create interests amongst the South Koreans to visit the Sultanate.

The Brunei Times