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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 12:19 am 
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Hello all,

I was recently able to add four very nice partial rolls of T'boli t'nalak to my collection. These rolls were initially obtained by the seller in 1983 in Mindanao and have been safely stored away since. While not full rolls (which should measure approximately 10 meters), their patterns are whole and are masterfully done. They spoke to me and I am honored to give them a new home.

It is important to note that while these lovely pieces were skillfully woven many decades ago, there still remains a relatively vibrant T'boli weaving community in the hills surrounding Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Beautiful, spiritual t'nalak is being woven in the old ways, using original techniques and natural materials. The ancient patterns are being taught and new patterns are being dreamed.

While we will always search for the old and heirloom items, we can also support today's artists as they strive to preserve and remain true to their cultural and artistic heritage.

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Craig


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:04 am 
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I agree with you that although we all seek out vintage pieces it is important to support "present day" textile producers. Although I do not have any vintage T'boli t'nalak I have a beautiful piece which was woven by "National Treasure" Lang Dulay in 2003, I doubt she is still with us as she was quite old when she wove this piece, but it is one of my favourite pieces in my textile collection.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:35 am 
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Hi Michelle (and everyone)!

Just a quick note in regard to Michelle's comment about Lang Dulay. I am happy to note that she is alive and well! My family and I visited her last summer and she recently finished weaving several rolls of t'nalak for me. I'll be sure to post photos when they arrive.

I posted some photos of my visit to Lake Sebu several months ago.

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Craig


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:46 am 
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That's wonderful, I should get my act together and visit that area soon

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