Hand woven products off to Mexico

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014


AS PART of the advocacy for heritage conservation, cultural preservation and sustainable development, Kalinga's Tapis will join the International Folk Art Market on July 11-13 at Museum Hill, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Among the 150 selected applicants, five of the country's traditional weaves will be exhibited in the event.

Aside from the Tapis of Lubuagan, Kalinga, the T'nalak of the T'boli of Lake Sebu, the Tepo mats of the Sama tribe of Tawi-Tawi; weaves of the Yakan tribe in Zamboanga and Basilan and the Hinabol of the Higaonon of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon will also be included in the two-day exhibit.

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The tribal products were hand woven and culturally preserved from a generation to another.

Lawyer Tanya Lat, secretary of the Board of trustees of Non-timber Forest Products Philippines, said the hand woven products are intricate, a work of art, which took a long time to make, and made with love.

Lat added the designs were preserved and authentic without any professional designers' intervention.

Weavers' of these folk arts will be represented by Myla Abalang Carcasona, member of the Kalandang Weavers' Association.

Philippine Programmed Tribe-NTFP in partnership with the Custom-made Crafts Center Inc. will sponsor the Philippine delegation of the country's first participation in the IFAM. (Danica S. Guieb, ISU-Echague Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 03, 2014.

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