MPK Bebuloh to hold weaving workshops in July

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BRUNEI-MUARA

A SERIES of weaving workshop to make traditional and modern baskets will be conducted for villagers, including the youth, of Kg Bebuloh starting July.

Head of Economic Bureau and Secretary of Kg Bebuloh Village Consultative Council (MPK) Asmah Alas disclosed this yesterday at the sidelines of ‘Badudun’ Digital Broadcast Roadshow conducted by state broadcaster Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) at Kg Parit Mini Recreational Park.

Asmah said that only five members, mostly elderly, are currently involved in weaving in Kg Bebuloh, a village with nearly 600 population in Brunei-Muara District.

“We welcome more villagers who are interested in making woven baskets and other weaving products to come to the workshop. We will train them,” she said, adding that the sessions will be organised twice a month.

As the demand of weaving products from MPK Bebuloh is quite encouraging, more villagers are encouraged to join in, she said.

MPK Bebuloh has been invited to participate in various handicraft exhibitions in the country at least six times per year.

Recently, MPK Bebuloh was also selected by the Ministry of Home Affairs to showcase the country’s handicrafts under the “One Village One Product” (OVOP) initiative during the ASEAN Cultural Expo in Bangkok from April 20-24.

This regional expo was the first time that the MPK had participated in.

The economic bureau is also planning to produce more variants of the village’s weaving products.

To support this plan, she said that the bureau will need more craftsmen.

“We want to equip our youth with this weaving skill so they can continue what the older generations have started,” she said.

They can also earn extra income by selling the weaving products, she added. Currently, the price for woven baskets ranges from $8 to $28 per piece, while the traditional handicrafts made of bemban plant, which is often used by locals for weaving products, cost about $8 to $15 per item.

Once the trainees know how to weave, they can sell their products directly to customers or they can join MPK Bebuloh’s booths during handicraft exhibitions, she said.

“I hope through the weaving workshop, it will help increase the income of many villagers,” she said.

The Brunei Times