Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tourism improves lives of Rungus womenfolk

KOTA KINABALU: Tourism has improved the lives of Rungus womenfolk.

According to Yaluk Taanyit, a Rungus craft maker from Kampung Tinangol, Kudat to the New Sabah Times recently, tourists’ arriving to her kampong (village) to see the Rungus longhouse also bought the local handicrafts made by the women who have set up their business presence at the longhouse.

“The tourists have allowed us to capitalize on our craft making skills by buying the crafts we are making,” she said.

She added that items sold at the longhouse are usually bangles, bracelets, necklaces, bags and other accessories, which are handmade by the women.

Aside from making crafts, the women still continue with other activities to sustain their family livelihood.

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