Friday, August 7, 2015

MABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGE

MABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGE

While other new graduates scout at business districts and attend interviews, this lady from Lubuagan, Kalinga makes the distinct and colorful set of threads interlaced to form fabrics as her pastime. She is Jeslyn Lumacdag, Bachelor of English fresh graduate and a young weaver in the village of Mabilong, town of Lubuagan Kalinga Province.

MABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGE
THE YOUNG WEAVER AT WORK
It takes passion and meticulous hands to enhance this skill of weaving.  Upon arrival at Lubuagan, we climbed a few concrete steps to roam around the village of Mabilong and entered one of the houses where a young weaver puts her passion into work.

MABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGE
THE CONCRETE PATH TO THE VILLAGE
The midday sun was unforgiving.  Taking refuge at one of the stilt houses made of wood and drinking soda bought on a nearby sari-sari store, predicaments of intense heat vanished.  The fresh air that abounds the home of the young weaver while witnessing her finish a design was comforting.  Her mother stood near the doorstep next to me taking pride in the works of her daughter.

MABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGE
THE STILT HOUSE OF THE WEAVER


The Mabilong Weaver’s Village is situated along the road and is said to be Kalinga’s center of the ethnic weaving industry.  No ethnic design is similar.  Souvenirs can be bought direct from the weavers.  If only I had enough cash, I should have bought one as a souvenir.

MABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGEMABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGE

Ms. Lumacdag is just one of the village weavers.  Their designs are well-thought of and truly world-class.  Women in the highlands I suppose are expected to be skilled weavers.  This is one industry in Kalinga province that should be given support and attention as well.  Any house in Mabilong harbors a weaver with materials safely kept like jewelries and land titles in the lowlands.

MABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGE
LUBUAGAN VILLAGE HOUSES
MABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGE
THE SIMPLE RURAL LIFE

Ma-K Homestay situated along the national road guided us on this visit.  In one corner is a souvenir shop where fabrics are made by their commissioned weavers in the village.  Homestays are the best way to experience the province since there are no hotels. We could have stayed overnight at the said homestay, however, we need to fulfill our corporate duties and be back in Manila the day after.

MABILONG LUBUAGAN WEAVERS VILLAGE
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2 comments :

  1. She makes such beautiful patterns. I hope that weavers like her and other weavers in the area would get a support from the local government. This culture must stay alive for the future generations.

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  2. Talent, creativity, and passion at its best! We tried weaving when we went to Puerto Princesa; oh boy, it takes a lot of skill and accuracy. Salute to these weavers!

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