Senator Loren Legarda invites everyone to view and observe demonstrations by weavers and embroiderers from Laguna, Aklan and La Union this week at the National Museum of Anthropology (NMA) in Manila.
Featured at the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile gallery of the NMA on August 25-27, 2016 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) are the piña weavers from Kalibo, Aklan, silk weavers from Bacnotan, La Union, and embroiderers from Lumban, Laguna.
It will also include brief lectures about the demonstrators, the materials they use, the processes and techniques they employ, and other information related to weaving traditions.
“I invite everyone to visit the National Museum to witness these demonstrations and learn from our weavers and embroiderers. We have a very rich weaving culture and we want everyone, Filipinos and foreigners, to appreciate this heritage. These demonstrations are open to everyone as admission to the National Museum is now free,” said Legarda, patron of the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino, the country’s first permanent textile gallery.
In September, featured weavers will be from Mountain Province; while weavers from Zamboanga City and Tawi-Tawi will showcase their skills and traditions in October.
These weaving demonstrations at the Hibla gallery are part of the Lecture Series on Philippine Traditional Textiles and Indigenous Knowledge, which Legarda and the National Museum initiated since 2012 to perpetuate weaving and indigenous knowledge.