Beautiful textiles are a bit pricey, especially here in the Philippines. But once you get your hands on a piece (or two, or three...or four) well I do believe that each has a story to tell.
I'm very drawn to local textiles since we do have a rich history of it,especially those of the indigenous weaves. I'd really love to own an authentic one (not the printed kind), especially that of the T'nalak of the T'boli Tribe.
I own a few small pieces of Philippine made textiles, and if you are a fellow Filipino, or even a foreigner reading this, I hope you take the time in learning about our country through these beautifully hand-made cloths.
I remember buying this one in Davao for a fair price. The pattern is pretty common, almost like the Scottish Plaid.
I cannot remember, for the life of me, where I bought this one. Even though it's shockingly pink, the design is still pretty tribal.
This one is actually a handkerchief. It's the embroidery that struck me the most. Isn't it delicate? This is made in Iloilo.
I bought this in the same place as above. The place mostly sells what they call bobbin weaves.
And yet another design. Oh, and no, I haven't used any of the hankies. I just couldn't seem to.
I have dreams of learning how to weave one day, although at the back of my head, I wouldn't really want to because I feel that if I do learn it, the magic and the mystery of this thing I can touch, I can feel, would be gone.
Does that make sense?
So are you the same? Are you also a textile fiend?