The Mindanao Indigenous Tribes
The T’boli indigenous tribe originates from Lake Sebu in South Cotabato.
They are known as the T’nalak Dream Weavers with their skillful in creating the patterns on the ubiquitous cloth as well as hand beading and embroidery.
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The B'laan tribe originates from Davao del Sur.They have their own weaving system using abaca fiber and backstrap loom where they hold rituals seeking for divine guidance before making any pattern or design. They are also skilled in embroidery and beadwork. Learn more about the B'laan tribe here
The Mandaya tribe originates from Davao del Sur.
They are known for their intricate embroidery and sewing techniques.
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The Bagobo Tagabawa tribe originates from Davao del Sur.
For hundreds of years, Bagobo Tagabawa creates Inabal, a weaving process that is hand-woven out of abaca fiber. This technique has been passed down from generations to generations. Their designs evolve around the community and family.
The Tagakaolo tribe originates from Davao del Sur.
They are skilled in basket weaving, embroidery, loom weaving, blanket weaving, headresses, beaded necklaces and others. They make their jackets out of abaca and decorated them with mother-of-pearl discs lined with glass beads.
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The Ata Manobo tribe originates from Davao del Norte.
For generations, the Ata women have mastered the art of making liyang, a woven basket used for harvesting or for wood gathering. A liyang is made of abaca, rattan (uway), and a bamboo tree (bagtok), which are all harvested in the forest. Collecting raw materials alone entails hours of walking into the woods through a rugged track, while the arduous weaving of a full-size liyang takes about three days to finish. Most of these products are sold at the market or to nearby towns, as well as during special events like festivals. Source: www.ethnicgroupsphilippines.com
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