The Untold Sacred Weaving of Ifugaos

The Untold Sacred Weaving of Ifugaos

Handweaving textile is one of the most interesting crafts of the Philippines, weighed with immense cultural significance. Many people may not know it, but weaving is a sacred art. It is an elaborate process with many stages, even including the performing of a ritual.


In Kiangan, the birthplace of Ifugao, weaving has always been a part of the community’s daily activities, may it be for economic purposes, cultural preservation, or personal use. The Ifugaos of Kiangan either practice traditional weaving, which follows age-old techniques passed on through generations, or the ikat, where bundles of yarn are tightly wrapped together and dyed as many times to create a desired pattern or design.


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