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hand-woven from pineapple
banana fibre and cotton,
This week my local shopping mall had a display in tribute to the local weavers of Iloilo province. They produce hablon cloth, a tightly woven textile in bright checks with interesting contrasts. Hablon is still used for traditional clothing and tablecloths and has a lustre that quickly grabs your attention.
I was fascinated by the simple construction of the loom (just local lumber and bamboo) yet the finished fabrics are tightly woven and professionally textured. The display brought back childhood memories of hand-weaving on a cardboard box with left-over wool (I would have been about 7 or 8 years old) so I’m keen to meet some of the local weavers, buy some of their fabric, and learn more about their art.