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 Post subject: Philippines
PostPosted: Mon Feb 16, 2004 10:01 pm 
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Since Eric Anderson posted a link to the www.tribaltextiles.info website on his ALTACO website in July 2002 I have been receiving emails asking me 'where is the material on the Philippines?' However, I have only a couple of such textiles and a limited number of books and have never visited. Hardly a good starting point - although the book collection has been very slowly growing. A particularly plaintive request from a collector last week made me decide to start doing something about it.

I contacted Eric and asked if he would write an article for me to get things started. He turned around with amazing speed an excellent piece on Northern Luzon highland textiles and supplied me with some photos for which I am very grateful. The article went live this evening: http://www.tribaltextiles.info/articles ... xtiles.htm and the Philippines portal is at http://www.tribaltextiles.info/Countrie ... ppines.htm As you will see there is stuff still 'under construction' to be added later. I would like to invite contributions from Philippines' textile collectors and also to encourage posts to this forum.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 3:17 pm 
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It would be nice to see some activity on this thread; thanks to Pamela and Eric for their good beginning. As previously threatened, here are some photos of two recent abaca pieces from Mindanao-(apologies for the lack of order and bad light). Perhaps some others out there have some other pieces to share or comments to make. What public collections/museum collections are available? What are the best reference books? Good sources for these textiles? Inquiring minds want to know...


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Although this isn't the right section for books, I would like to make a recommendation in response to Susan's request. One of the very best books I have seen on the subject of Phiilippine textiles is called "Sinaunang Habi: Philippine Ancestral Weave" The Nikki Coseteng Filipiniana series. Marian Pastor-Roces. Manila 1991. I believe it has since been reprinted and may be available online. (I have mentioned this title together with some others in the book section of the forum). It is a thick volume packed with high quality photos of the textiles and people wearing them, and covers most areas of the Philippines where minority tribes are found. (The photos are all in colour). I consider this book a must have for any collector of Philippine, and/or Southeast Asian textiles and in addition the text is very detailed and informative.
For further info and a pic of the cover please see the website of selected books from my collection at
http://www.siriolr.freeserve.co.uk/


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 Post subject: museum/web resources
PostPosted: Tue Feb 24, 2004 7:09 pm 
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Susan,

Have a look at http://home.chello.no/%7Eandy.anderson/ Eric Anderson's site for ANTIQUE LUZON TRIBAL ART CONNOISSEURS ORGANISATION He lists resources - http://home.chello.no/%7Eandy.anderson/artifacts.htm and links
http://home.chello.no/%7Eandy.anderson/Links.htm
I found a web page - which I have added to the Philippines portal on the tti site http://depts.washington.edu/seac/burke/philindex.html from the University of Washington, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture,
Collection of Textiles from Southeast Asia.

....and yes, please post more info on musuem, web, book resources

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Siriol- Many thanks for that! I checked your site and found it to be very informative- you have a great library, wish you were closer... I'll look out for several of those books. If I can get you anything here, do let me know; a couple of the authors of books on your list live here and travels to nearby countries sometimes yield new books.

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Susan
Thanks for the above offer, I will probably be interested in the other Michael Howard books on Burma when I find out more about their content. (I have his earlier book on Burmese tribal textiles). Please keep us all informed.
Also I should, with a bit of luck be adding more books to my list in the near future, 2 vols on costumes in Guangxi, china. (Yao, Miao etc) and another on the Philippines.


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 Post subject: Dreamweavers
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 2:27 pm 
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Susan,

I have just spent a couple of weeks in the Philippines, with a week in southern Mindanao. It is a pleasant surprise to return to find your post on abaca.

You have a beautiful T'boli "t'nalak" (your Abaca Ikat 1) and I believe that your Abaca Ikat No 2 may also be T'boli.

I was fortunate to travel to Lake Sibu last year where I was able to observe and photograph the T'boli abaca weaving process and purchase quite a few lengths of T'boli "t'nalak". Each design used by the T'boli weavers has a name and many of these designs have been passed from one generation to the next.

I would like to recommend an excellent book about the T'boli and their weaving:

Paterno, Maria Elena P. (ed) "Dreamweavers"
The Bookmark, Inc, Makati City, Philippines, 2001
ISBN 971-569-407-1
(Please see copy of cover attached)

I believe that this book was issued in conjunction with an exhibition of T'boli weaving at the Philippines National Museum.

This trip I was fortunate to find a few nice old Bagobo pieces to add to my collection.

Maybe others out there have some Philippines Textiles in their collections . . .


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 Post subject: an unseen collection
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 8:22 pm 
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The Museum of Anthropology at Cal State Hayward where I used to teach, has an interesting collection of Filipine textiles. It is in the East Bay of SF, and an easy commute from where I live. Someone is checking up on their publications for me, and I'll get back when I have further information.

Richard Mook, one of our contributors, has had a strong interest in Filipine textiles, and a glance at his threads and photos should be very interesting

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2004 10:37 pm 
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Digna

Many thanks for your contribution. Is there any chance that you could share with us any photos of the T'boli abaca weaving process? I have a keen interest in the textile creation process as well as appreciating the 'end product'. The book sounds very interesting.

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Digna and Sandie-
Many thanks for your posts and information. I will try to track down the book. In the meantime, I would like to encourage Digna to post photos of the abaca-weaving process. Also, do you know what "t'nalak" means? I think it's very encouraging that this time-consuming process is still being done in the Philippines; it appears that they might also be using natural dyes- do you have any information on that?

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 Post subject: 'Dreamweavers'
PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2004 7:14 pm 
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Following Digna's recommendation of "Dreamweavers" about the T'iboli people of Lake Sebu and their abaca weaving. I ordered the book from the publishers, Bookmark Inc www.bookmark.com.ph It was a bit nerve racking without a secure site for ordering, faxing creditcard etc. and there were several emails/faxes to sort things out. However, the book arrived speedily by airmail, beautifully packed and in perfect condition.

It is a truly beautiful volume and I commend it to you all. The photographs alone are stunning. Fantastic quality colour photos of truly beautiful weaving (with photos of the weavers) and loads of black and white photos of the process and region. The photos of the weaving, tying of the warp threads, weaving etc are truly superb. Photos by Neal Oshima. The printing quality of the book is first rate - so important for photos. I have had no chance to read the text yet but I am bowled over by the quality of the photos. Yes, I am gushing but it is one of the best collection of photos I have seen and the textile photos - Oh what a challenge it is to get good ones of textiles - are first rate.

Thank you, Digna, for alerting me to this truly beautiful book.

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