Information: Celebrating Filipino Artistry through Textiles

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The cultural exhibit Hibla ng Lahing Pilipino: The Artistry of Filipino Textiles at the Museum of the Filipino People, a part of the National Museum Complex in Manila, celebrates Filipino indigenous artistry and shows the commonalities of the 110 Philippine ethnolinguistic groups through their indigenous weaving technologies. The exhibit of traditional fabrics woven by Filipino tribal groups brings the countrys rich weaving culture to a wider, especially foreign, audience. On display are heritage textiles and clothing, traditional garments made of indigenous fiber, ancient weaving looms, samples of pina foot and abaca back-strap looms, historic photographs of Filipinos in traditional garb, modern images of indigenous Filipinos in tribal wear, the evolution of gowns, dresses, and Barong Pilipino created by Filipino designers, whose artistry enhanced the beauty of the pina, a traditional textile made from pineapple fiber. The collection provides a glimpse into Filipino craftsmanship. The art of weaving is a distinct part of Filipino customs and traditions. Indigenous peoples in the various regions of the country still weave fabrics with rare intricate designs that are admired locally and abroad. …