Hospitality graduate finds niche in designing traditional costumes

KOTA KINABALU: Instead of lamenting not getting a job related to his hospitality management degree, Bruno George Sadiwa finds niche in designing award-winning traditional costumes.

The 34-year-old lad from Inanam has been passionate in designing since he was 15-year-old. Even when he was at the university, Bruno never miss the chances to be part of the arts programme.

Bruno said he also accepted the challenges in inovating and creating variation in his design.

In 2013, he managed to create a traditional costume with modern touch for Tambunan Unduk Ngadau at the state-level.

Last year, the organiser entrusted him to design a “Sigar”, a headgear for the Kadazan people, for the winner of Mr Kaamatan Negeri Sabah.

Bruno took about two months to complete the Sigar made from dastar, “gold syilling” and 1,500 of crystal.

Apart from that, he also won several competitions such as Mister Borneo Hornbill Festival 2019 (First Runner Up Winner) and Miss Crocker Range Best 2019 (Best National Costume).

The Legend of Mondou in Borneo (Miss Crocker Range 2019-Winner Best National Costume) by Bruno.

“I believe this industry is promising and can be a source of income among young generation.

“The government should also give recognition to young designers to ensure that the design or fashion industry continues to grow not only at the state level, but also around the world,” he said.

Source: Sabah Information Department


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