Native Ethnic Design

 Benguet Province

CUABAO

CUABAO

  • Cotton polyester thread
  • Width 33"
The Cuabao, which signature design includes a chevron-diamond pattern flanked by plain stripes, is best known for its use in the traditional wear of the indigenous peoples of Benguet.
KINAN-EW

KINAN-EW

  • Cotton polyester thread
  • Width 33"
The Kinan-ew is native to Benguet, where indigenous peoples use its precise and striking diamond patterns for blankets. These blankets also serve a number of ceremonial purposes like for burials, newborns, and couples.
BENGUET STRIPE

BENGUET STRIPE

  • Cotton polyester thread
  • Width 33"
Weavers, especially those from Benguet, have turned to stripes as the staple pattern due to its simplicity and ease of execution on a loom. Nonetheless, variations of the pattern have made for interesting and memorable fabrics.
TAGO-TAGO KALASAG

TAGO-TAGO KALASAG

  • Cotton polyester thread
  • Width 33"
This weave presents an iconographic depiction of the kalasag (shield) as known by the people of Benguet flanked by bold stripes.
TWILL

TWILL

  • 100% polyester / 100% cotton / 50% cotton 50% polyester
  • Width 33"
Twill weaves, in contrast to plain weaves, have a distinct diagonal pattern owed to the unique method of weaving employed in making the textile. This, along with the relative softness of the fabric, distinguishes the weave from other fabrics from Benguet.
IKAT

IKAT

  • Cotton polyester thread
  • Width 33"
Ikat deviates from the better-known Cordillera weaves on several fronts. Due to the tie-dye technique employed in coloring the fabric, it appears abstract, colored dream-like, and subtle, but bears with it as rich a culture and tradition of weaving as any other weave.

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