History and Culture

Age Old Art of Patadyong Weaving

Antique

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Sep 12, 2013

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Barangay Bagtason is known for its handwoven patadyong. Its bestsellers are handkerchiefs called “tubao”, the plain patadyong known as “yano” and the patadyong with embroidery called as “pinilian”.

The Bagtason Loom Weavers Associations (BLWA) is the producer and makers of quality loom woven products in Antique.

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The patadyongs are also made into shawls, leis, scarfs, wallets, hats, bags and table runners which BLWA can also personalize the designs and colors according to your liking.

The art of patadyong weaving is very intricate. The weavers start by determining how many meters and pieces can be made with or without the design. Then they combine different colors of the threads according to the color combination of your choice if you want it personalized and trendy. For the standard patadyong design, the threads are mixed to capture the tones of nature and also to show personal status. The weaving is done by interlacing the different colors of threads through a wooden handloom which is locally called as “tiral” or “habulan”. Earth colors are a standard pick in making the patadyong: blue, green, yellow are among those.

patadyong11 this is how a member of BLWA arrange the threads for weaving

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You can buy finished products at their compound for a cheaper price. Out in the market: shawls can go as much as Php 450.00, leis at Php100.00, scarfs at Php180.00, patadyong at Php850.00.

The old process of patadyong weaving has remained unchanged and is still being practiced by BLWA weavers despite the availability of modern weaving machines. You can visit their compound to see firsthand how they make the patadyongs.

Bagtason Loom Weavers Association is located at Bagtason, Bugasong, Antique. For more information and orders, contact BWLA President Mr. Mario E. Manzano at (+63) 906-843-8687.

How to Get There

Antique is accessible from major cities of the country through Iloilo City from where buses leave for San Jose, the province's capital town. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.

From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). From Iloilo Airport, you can hail a cab and ask to be dropped off at your destination.

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