Traditional weavers from different indigenous groups in the Philippines showcased their artistry in the Hibla Pavilion of Textiles and Weaves of the Philippines exhibit at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from October 17 to 20, 2012.
All the participating weavers came from the Schools of Living Traditions (SLT). The school adheres to the concept of learning arts and crafts from a master artist living in the community. This approach guarantees that the tradition is passed on to the coming generations to help preserve the country’s distinct cultural heritage.
Weaving is not only a livelihood activity for the women but has been an important part of the indigenous groups' culture.
Tribes wear their own colors with pride, and the different colors and designs create each tribe’s identity. The weavings are hand-crafted, and the intricacy of the designs require a significant amount of time to finish.
The T’bolis, for example, need two weeks to finish an individual brass bell the size of a marble that goes into the weaving.
The Hanunuos create their ramit cloth from raw cotton fibers. The Ata Talaingod create colorful bracelets from beads the size of rice grains.
Clothes made from these fabrics are worn on special occasions, and hand-crafted baskets are used in everyday activities such as hunting and farming.
It is in everyday life that these materials are woven into the tribes' lore.
Some of the featured textiles and crafts in the exhibit were the panubok embroidery of the Panay-Bukidnon from Iloilo, the tabud basket weaving of the Iraya Mangyan from Mindoro, the paliog beads of the Ata Talaingod from Davao del Norte, the ekam mat weaving of the Maguindanaos of Zamboanga del Sur, the ramit cloth of the Hanunuos of Mindoro, the B’laan mewel weaving from Sarangani, and the Subanen rattan baskets from Zamboanga del Sur.
The exhibition was part of the Manila FAME Design and LIfestyle Event 2012 at the SMX Convention Center.