ALONG the town of Lanuza in Surigao del Sur is an indigenous product that has been starting to gain recognition as a fashion accessory not only in the Philippines but abroad.
Yet the uniqueness of this fashion brand is it being made out of a plant; an indigenous fern known to many as “Nito or Agsam.”
The Nito plant with the scientific name of Lygodium circinnatum is a large fern locally known as Agsam and grows abundantly in Lanuza town and other parts of Surigao del Sur.
The Agsam strips from the ferns long stem is the material used for the making of the accessories the indigenous Mamanwa tribe had been using in weaving and crafting for more than a century.
From the traditional tribal hand and ankle bracelets and necklaces; the product has evolved in its designs to compete with the growing market and utilizes newly added stones and even gems to further enhance the beauty of the native craftsmanship.