June 22, 2021
For farming communities, one of the most important festivals of the year is the Harvest Festival. In the east Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, where celebrations can last a whole month, this is normally a period of homecoming and visits by friends and travellers keen to experience the rich culture of the many ethnic groups that make up the rich fabric of the country.
This year, although COVID-19 restrictions mean we cannot celebrate in person, it should not deter us from celebrating and marking the occasion in other ways. Let us recommend some products you can purchase to celebrate this year’s Harvest Festival. Did we mention that we have FREE DELIVERIES within Malaysia too?
Bario is the fertile highlands of Sarawak where the Kelabit people have been cultivating high-quality grains for generations, in particular, its famous rice. Bario Asal or “Originated from Bario” is a social enterprise that markets a variety of high quality produce and craft products from the Kelabit community. Whether it is a special ingredient to spice up your cooking or an accessory to add colour to your outfit, you can’t go wrong with one of their products.
Helping Hands Penan
Did you know that Helping Hands Penan (HHP) was established to support the livelihood of the Penan community, a semi-nomadic indigenous people of Sarawak? These products help Penan women earn a second income through adapting their traditional weaves to create contemporary products.
For a slice of Penan culture, check out HHP’s 100% environmentally friendly range available exclusively at Destination GOOD.
For collectors in-the-know, Gerai OA brings to market some of the best crafts from the Orang Asli and Orang Asal communities of Malaysia. These handcrafted accessories (from betel pouches to handwoven bookmarks) are not only a way for the makers to earn a second income but also a way for them to share their heritage with the world.
Gerai OA is a non-profit volunteer run organisation that ensures all proceeds benefit the craft-makers.
Trying to eat healthier? It’s time to explore some homegrown high quality and low calorie rice in your diet. Langit’s Heirloom Grain Box makes for a beautiful gift and a great way to sample different types of rice to find the one that fits your palate best. Whip up a twist to your usual nasi goreng and don’t forget to spice it up with Langit’s pepper or ginger powders!
While we are on the topic of Borneo, take this opportunity to introduce your young ones to its rich biodiversity and cultures with illustrated books by Oyez!Books.
Check out our new titles and best sellers ranging from features on unique wildlife in this part of the country to understanding the cultural observations of its communities. Although for children - there is much that adults can glean from these charming publications too.