Welyne Jeffrey Jehom

Writer and curator

Welyne Jeffrey Jehom is writer, storyteller, curator and public speaker. As a trained anthropologist, she is an authority on indigenous cultures of Southeast Asia, with a particular expertise in the textile traditions of Borneo. She has published on indigenous peoples, gender relations, heritage conservation and textile-making techniques, and is finishing a book on Iban weaving and sustainable development for Palgrave Macmillan.

Welyne is the founder and coordinator of the Rh Gareh Pua Kumbu project, based in the highlands of Sarawak, where she has been responsible for the production development, design and promotion of sought-after pua kumbu traditional textile products for the international market. Over the past five years, she has curated exhibitions of pua kumbu textiles, to critical and commercial acclaim, in Paris, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kuching. Her curatorial practice is best described as ‘polysensory’, with judicious use of digital media applications to enhance the viewing experience. And she’s given public lectures on the textiles all around the world.

Welyne has a PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany, and teaches in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Malaya, where she is also the head of the Centre for Malaysian Indigenous Studies. She currently lives between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. 

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