Traditional Filipino: T'boli stitched pattern. Taken in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines. 2007. Photo by Budji Tresvalles. Special thanks to Jenita Eko and her fellow T'bolis.
Textile Tribes of the Philippines: The Tboli Dream Weavers - Haute Culture Textile Tours
Scattered in stilt houses surrounding scenic Lake Sebu live the textile tribal people known as the Tboli. One of the Philippines 80+ indigenous ethnic linguistic groups, the Tboli people live a simple life balancing modernization with their traditional culture of farming, fishing, and craftsmanship. Labeled as the Dream Weavers the Tboli are famous for diligently transforming the natural Abaca plant into a magnificent mystic material known as the T’nalak. These distinctive sacred symmetrical…
Philippines: Pina handkerchiefs
Pina is a textile traditionally made from strands of fibre beaten from the leaves of pineapple plants. It's extremely difficult to weave, but in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century was the prestige fibre for men's barongs (formal shirts) and women's bodices. The fibre is still rarely available but is now mostly mixed with silk or made from synthetic imitations. I'm not sure what the composition of this fabric is, but I love the traditional embroidery designs.
Textile Tribes of the Philippines: Yakan Weaving, Weddings and Wears - Haute Culture Textile Tours
The Yakan are an indigenous Muslim tribe native to the tropical island of Basilian. Located in the Sulu Archipelago in the most southern region of the Philippines, Yakan people are recognised for their remarkable technicolour geometric weaves and the distinctive face decorations used in their traditional ceremonies. The Yakan are kind and loving people that embody a non-materialistic culture and live in close-knit communities. Back in the day Yakan women traditionally made textiles for their…