Sarawak Handicraft Centre
Many thanks and deep appreciation to the state government for giving
the historical Round Tower to Sarawak Craft Council (SCC) to showcase
Sarawak handicraft products.
The Round Tower was one of the first buildings to be constructed
of brick after the disastrous fire that destroyed most of the neighbouring
wooden shophouses in Kuching in 1884. It was initially used as a
government dispensary and later housed various government departments.
The first floor will be used as administrative office and the ground
floor will be used as showroom. Also, at the ground floor craftsmen
will be invited to demonstrate the many type of handicrafts produced
by craftsmen of Sarawak.
The Round Tower provides the bird view of the handicrafts produced
in Sarawak. Visitors could see live demonstration of various weavings
- pua kumbu, basketry and mat making from bemban and rattan, wood
carving and bead working.
The Sarawak handicraft centre was officially opened by Sarawak
Tourism Minister, The Honourable Dato Sri Abang Hj. Abdul Rahman
Zohari Bin Tun Abang Hj. Openg, on 19 June 2004.