Visual Research: Tamparuli Tamu

Another interesting illustrated book written and illustrated by Tina Rimmer called The Tamparuli Tamu. This book is a good source of visual research as I am able to see the art style and the way how Rimmer portrays the Tamu in Tamparuli. (Tamparuli is a small town and a sub-district of Tuaran on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysia)

Rimmer puts he focus on illustrating the local native people through observing them while they were doing their weekly trading and what’s fascinating about this book is I am also able to get a better understanding on the lifestyles of the native people by studying their poses, movements and actions. It is also a very straight to the point way to show readers on how a scene in a Tamu looked like.

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The Tamparuli Tamu by Tina Rimmer

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Fig 1. Medicine, music and massage

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Fig 2. Different type of fruits and also the traditional sacks carried by the native people.

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Fig 3. Squatting poses by the native women. This is also a typical scene in Tamu.

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Fig 4. Native women

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Fig 4. Portraits of native women

Reference:

Rimmer, T. (1999) The Tamparuli Tamu: A Sabah Market. The Sabah Society

Available at:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Tamparuli-tamu-Sabah-market/dp/9679994767

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