- A unique opportunity to learn about traditional bamboo tattooing techniques and history of the Iban people of Sarawak
- 90 minutes workshop with a professional local tattoo artist
- Maximum 6 persons.
Borneo natives are made up by different tribes, each of them with its own culture and language. Despite this, there’s one common thing between all of them: the practice of tattooing as an ethnic tradition. For many centuries, the tattoos have been a lifestyle especially for the Iban, one of the largest tribe in terms of population. Tattooing was a sacred activity connecting people to the spiritual world, as well as a proof of men strength in the head-hunting and a coming-of-age ritual. For women was considered as a beauty enhancer. Furthermore, Iban used tattoos for protective purpose, to avoid evil eye and diseases.
If you’re a tattoo enthusiast – artist or curious – and intrigued by history and art of ethnic tattoos, during this experience you will meet internationally renowned local artists executing tribal tattoo with the traditional bamboo technique, same as in the old days were used by Borneo tribes. A 90 minutes workshop will introduce you to the tribes’ culture and to the knowledge of the traditional tattoos, nowadays known only by a few that are able to execute it.
The workshop will be held by Ernesto Kalum, Iban international award-winning tattoo artist, main promoter for the tribal tattoos art, or one of his assistants like Robinson Unau, with a many-year long experience in the field.
You can schedule this activity in the morning or afternoon; the artists’ studio is in Kuching town.
NOTE: the studio does not accept underage (less than 18 years old) students and won’t do workshop on minors.