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Philippines approves aid to indigenous weavers
Jan '12
The indigenous handicraft weavers of Brgy. Carol-an, Kabankalan City in Philippines would receive a grant-in-aid of 567,193.78 pesos, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has announced.

The aid will be used in creation of a common service facility that will have handicraft hand tools, a handicraft dryer and dyeing equipment, according to Glady Tomulto, Science Research Specialist at DOST.

She said DOST had trained Carol-an weavers on dyeing indigenous fibres and had also imparted them knowledge about various styles of weaving in cooperation with the Philippine Textile Research Institute.

The weavers of Carol-an are indigenous people who have acquired their handicraft weaving skills from their ancestors.

These weavers are major suppliers of handicraft products that are made using several raw vine materials that are available in Carol-an. The inventory level of raw materials available for handicraft weaving in Brgy. Carol-an can be gauged by the fact that there are 4.75 hectares of nito, panadan, buri, and rattan plantations, Tomulto said.

The handicraft items of Carol-an weavers are bought by traders in Cebu City, who then export the same.

The latest grant is likely to help weavers to improve the quality of their handicraft items that are exported and it will also enhance their income.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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