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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