Native Butiza

It is without question that a corner dedicated to the native people should be included in the restaurant; they are the proprietor of North Borneo after all. It was the age of exploration during the 1900’s and the indigenes were still quite primitive people, so when pictures of the native people in the form of postcards were circulated around the world, many were awed by these loin-cloth wearing, weapon wielding people whom still live in houses built on trees.

 

This is how the misconception that people in Sabah still live on trees came into being. So in a way, the indigenous people did contribute in making people take interest in North Borneo.

The interior exudes native beauty, handmade traditional craft such as the Lotud hat is hung on the wall with several other hand-carved wooden shields, warrior masks and spears with a built in blowpipe as the handle, very exquisite hand-beaded tapestries are framed nicely and suspended on the walls too. Aside from research being done on what were the traditional craft of the natives, a lot of research has been done to know about the functionality of traditional building materials as well.

 

The walls are made of the most common material - bamboo strips and also traditionally weaved mats, hand carved wood was used as the ceiling cornices, the ceiling is lined with rattan which is normally applied onto floors but the whole purpose is to let customers see what were used as building materials back in the day and for them to get a gist of how they are out together. Traditional timber dining table and chairs are selected to enhance the native ambience, on top of which sits little trinket boxes made of wood to hold things such as spices, condiments and toothpicks for the customer’s use.