Sabah’s migrant tailors

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.