Basket

This basket is typical of the storage baskets made of 'bemban' (reed) and rattan by Melanau women. The basket with a square base widens into a circular opening. The patterns can vary from simple checks to elaborate designs styled from nature; sometimes spiritual motifs are featured. Traditional basket colours include red, black and natural. Commercial types often use synthetic rather than natural dyes.The basket belongs to a selection of fibre work bought from Archdeacon Arthur Frederick Sharp (1866–1960), an influential Anglican missionary in Southeast Asia in 1903. As the Archdeacon of St. Thomas’ Cathedral in Sarawak, he was often given gifts in gratitude from the local community.

Artist Name
K M Adimoolam
Date/Period
Late 19th or early 20th century
Region
Kanowit, Sarawak, Borneo
Dimension
Object size: Dia 35.5 x H27cm
Accession No.
XXXX-10672
Material
Rattan
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Fibre Work