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The Mindanao Weaving: A Tradition that Unites the 18 Tribes

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Nov 17, 2015
The Mindanao Weaving: A Tradition that Unites the 18 Tribes

Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, is home to 18 tribal groups. Each tribal group has their own unique identity and customs, but their colorful woven products show that they have a common tradition. 

The Maguindanao tribe has its Likos, an inaul or woven fabric of different colors and designs used as wall décor or buntings for special occasions like weddings.

Tausug, a tribe from Sulu, weaves Laminosa mats which are made from leaves dyed in different colors.   

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The T’Boli has their T’nalak cloth made from abaca fiber. The designs are patterned after the dreams of the weavers. 

The Mandaya of Davao Oriental has the Dagmay cloth using abaca fiber, while on the other hand, the Bagobo-Tagabawa of Davao del Sur has their Inabal

 

The Klata and Talaingod Manobo tribes make the beautiful hand-made products such as baskets and trays. The designs used in crafting such products have been handed down from generation to generation by the tribal elders. 

 

True enough, our indigenous people have a very rich culture and tradition that is part of our heritage as Filipinos. 

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