Sunday July 22, 2018

Stories of the island

TALES also come in the form of trinkets, whatever they be. From their appearance, and other such distinguishable features—they are stories filled with history just waiting to be told.

With a needle and a thimble, the quilt makers of the island of Caohagan told the island’s story through its colorful and one-of-a-kind quilts.

In line with SM Seaside City Cebu’s Independence Day celebration, the “Quilts of Caohagan” exhibit was unveiled last June 12 at the Mountain Wing Atrium. The quilts will be on display until June 30.

With this exhibit, the celebration wasn’t just about commemorating those who fought for this country in the quest for freedom. It was also about paying homage and celebrating the country’s heritage, tradition and evolution.

Nestled between the seas of Mactan and Bohol, quilt making in Caohagan began around 1996 under the tutelage of Junko Sakiyama, wife of Katsuhiko Sakiyama, who fell in love with the island and eventually settled there.

Of the 600 island residents, 100 are now quilt makers. It takes more than three months to make a quilt. Though each quilt is unique, they collectively give a glimpse of Caohagan’s history, culture, beauty and artistry through their patterns depicting life in the island.