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Vintage Abaca T'Boli Ikat Textile 32 Feet


A long runner with length of 32 feet, 384 inches and 15" wide.

T'boli people of Mindanao Philippines loom this warp ikat with abaca, a banana fiber, to make ceremonial blankets. 

The T’nalak, is a traditional cloth woven by the T’boli women of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, Mindanao. Tucked away in this remote region in the Southern Philippines, indigenous weavers continue this tedious and age-old practice involving the ikat method using natural dyes and threads from plant fibers that are indigenous to the Philippines.

The T’boli women, known as the dreamweavers, weave without the use of  drawn patterns, and rely on a mental image for the designs they believe are bestowed on them through dreams either on their own, from their ancestors or through Fu Dalu, the spirit of the abaca.

Weaving is done on a backstrap loom and polished to a high sheen with a cowrie shell.



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