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Identifying current trend to weave through internet

Mar 11, 2013   //   Entrepreneurs
Pn. Apollonia anak William Entering
Weaving
Celcom 1Malaysia Internet Centre at Kubu Emma, Sarawak
 
With 1Malaysia Internet Centre, Apollonia can send her children there to find related craft information and patterns in current fashion

With 1Malaysia Internet Centre, Apollonia can send her children there to find related craft information and patterns in current fashion

Pn Apollonia sits in front of the traditional wooden weaving machine and intricately weaves the delicate Pua Kumbu Iban cloth. A hard skill to master that is traditionally only taught generation- to-generation; Apollonia’s business thus thrives with high demand for the tribal cloth she produces.

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“It’s not an easy craft. It can take 2 to 3 months to finish one piece of cloth to perfection”, explains Apollonia.  “You have to remember that this is an ancient craft from our ancestors, and we’re not used to using the internet. Initially I was scared to promote my woven cloths to the masses.”

“Now, with 1Malaysia Internet Centre, I can send my children there to help me find related craft information and patterns in current fashion.”

Through the centre, Apollonia can now upload pictures of her woven cloths online to promote her business and expand her market reach.

“The centre has tremendously helped the people of my village. Today, I am smoothly operating my weaving business and even able to sell my craft to handicraft centres in Miri, Sibu and Kuching!” says the 44-year old mother while beaming a huge smile.