In the beaded table mat pieces above you can see how the shield motifs are incorporated into the design. The shield design is thus characteristic of Sarawak because the shield is a cultural artifact used by most natives of Sarawak especially among the Ibans, Bidayuhs, Kenyahs, Kelabits,Kayans etc., Below is an example of a sketch showing Iban warriors holding the 'parang ilang' (fighting sword/matchet) and the shield marching on their warpath partly depicting the days of old 19th century Borneo.( Ref: DJM Tate ( 1988), Rajah Brooke's Borneo,pg.92.)
19th century Iban warrior
The familiar flowing floral patterns are also seen on the wood carving above which depicts the head of Sarawak's biggest bird- the hornbill. This wood carving of soft wood is mainly used as decoration on arches or long boats and very colourfully painted.
I kind of like the above shield for the main reason that the carving is done on Sarawak's hardest timber called the 'belian'( Eusideroxylon zwageri).
These are decorative shields which tourists bring home to remember of their visits to Sarawak.