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Get To Know The Maguindanaoan Fabric That Miss Universe Candidates Recently Came To Love


Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Feb 06, 2017
Get To Know The Maguindanaoan Fabric That Miss Universe Candidates Recently Came To Love

Weaving is an integral part of a people’s culture. 

From the woven fabrics come the cloth worn for the dresses, blouses, pants, shirts, and headwear that makes the tribe distinct and unique from all the rest. 

Take the Inaul, which literally means "woven" is a kind of fabric from Maguindanaoan.  It has more than twenty designs that are manually and intricately woven in each fabric.  Each finished cloth reflects the vibrant and colorful culture of the Maguindanao.

So to bring recognition and to start the awareness and conservation efforts for the craft, the Department of Tourism-ARMM and the Provincial Government of Maguindanao will be celebrating the First Inaul Festival in Buluan, Maguindanao on February 9 to 14, 2017.

Maguindanaoans and tourists will get a glimpse into the history of Inaul, its importance, the actual weaving, and the efforts of the DOT-ARRM and the Provincial Government to harness the skills of Maguindanaoan women in bringing back the art of weaving into the mainstream.

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There are now 3 production centers within the province and two more are in the works. The latest venue for the Inaul to be showcased was at the Mindanao Tapestry, one of the Ms. Universe’s ancillary events in the Philippines.

Inaul was used by the renowned designer, Renee Salud, for the exquisite gowns paraded by the candidates.

Apart from that, events aside from the Inaul exhibit and forum we can look forward to include a Sagayan Dance Competition, Solo-Ethnic Musical Instrument and Kulintang Ensemble Competitions, Regatta, and a cookfest and sampling of traditional Maguindanao dishes, to name just a few.

Head out to Buluan, Maguindanao and get to know the Inaul!

How to get there:

Major airlines fly daily to Davao City and General Santos City from Manila and Cebu.
From Davao City, it is a 3-hour road trip to Buluan, Maguindanao via Makilala.

Read related stories:

Age Old Art of Patadyong Weaving 

The Weaving of Basey 

Iloilo’s Best: The Intricate Process of Miagao’s Hablon Weaving 


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