Inabel: Ilocano Handwoven Textiles

On July 29th, Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo will open this exhibition to the public:

Inabel Exhibition at Pinto Art Museum

Remarkable for their rich coloring and bold designs, handwoven textiles are an important part of the long, varied cultural heritage of the Ilocos region. History records that inabel has its traditions rooted at the time the Spanish colonized the Ilocos region in the 1500s. Neighboring Asian countries were already trading their gold, ceramics, iron and beads with inabel in the natural harbors along the coasts. For centuries inabel has been used as clothing, blankets and even sails for galleons.

Today, the flooding of the local market with factory-processed imported textiles and the lure of higher income generating jobs for men and women in foreign countries have reduced the number of weavers to continue the tradition of textile weaving. Thus the need for the study center for traditional hand woven textiles of the Northern Philippines. The center is currently documenting traditional low land inabel and weaving communities. Part of the documentation process is to faithfully reproduce the various patterns and designs by working with weaving communities that still carry the tradition. It is the hope of the center to achieve sustainability between scholars and  weavers by re introducing quality made inabel not as ordinary textiles but as artworks produced by artisans.

Inabel detail

The  exhibit will showcase hand woven textiles done on traditional wooden looms by Ilocano artisans using weaving techniques passed on through generations. Woven patterns on the fabric were based on designs of antique blankets dating from the 1800s to the mid-1900s. Although the reproduced blankets have the traditional designs in them, they are made younger by using colors, scales, and some technology of today. The show will likewise exhibit scarves and throws made of 100% locally grown silk from the region.

The Antique textile collection owned by our friend Al M. Valenciano is part of the Balay ni Atong Collection. This is currently the base collection for the study center for traditional hand woven textiles of the northern Philippines. Part of the Antique collection were recently exhibited at the Brooks Art Museum in Memphis, TN.

Part of the proceeds of the exhibit will benefit the study center for traditional hand woven textiles of the Northern Philippines.

All of our readers are invited to come to this exhibition. Here is a summary of details and a map:

July 29,2012, Sunday, 3:00pm, Pinto Art Gallery, Antipolo, Rizal
Exhibit runs until August 22,2012

Map to Pinto Art Museum

Special thanks to Al for sharing this story with us!



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