The Filipino Market, built in the 1970s by the Sabah government and UNHCR, traces its roots to the wave of refugees who sought a new life away from the violence in southern Philippines. More than four decades later, the sewing skills they brought with them are still evident in the newer generation of Filipino refugees who ply their trade at what is now known as the Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market.
Tailors line the sidewalk at the Kota Kinabalu Handicraft Market, overlooking the South China Sea.
Customers wait as tailors work on their clothes.
Ben, a substitute tailor who has been working at the market for 19 years.
Ben threads his sewing machine, preparing to tackle the next job.
Ben measures a pair of pants which his customer wants shortened for a better fit.
Trays carrying scissors and a rainbow of threads are a common sight at each tailor's workstation.
Ben listens as a customer explains how he wants his clothes altered.
These rusty but solid sewing machines have been serving the tailors here for generations.
A fellow tailor passes an item to Ben who is busy altering a dress for a customer.
Tourists stroll through the market, taking in the sights.