Philstar: Habi Highlights Cotton Fabrics and Products

Irene Bimuyag is a weaver from Kalinga in the Cordillera region. Recently, through a grant, she visited Taiwan where she met other weavers like her. What impressed her most were the similarities that she saw among the weavers from the ethnic tribes in the southern parts of Taiwan and the weavers from northern Philippines. “Like us, they also use the back-strap loom,” she observed. “We share the same patterns, such as the diamond pattern they call mata-mata, which is the same name we have here.”

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