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Weaving Center to promote tribal craft
Aug '08
Tagum Agricultural Development Company Inc (Tadeco) in association with Livelihood and Training Center (TLTC) has recently opened T'boli Weaving Center at Marina resort.

The purpose of launching this craft centre is to promote the culture of T'boli tribe and preserve the dying art of weaving and brass casting items.

This centre aims to enrich the visitors as T'boli family will weave the exotic and renowned Tinalak cloth in one section of the store while on the other part will house the astonishing products made by T'boli and Mandaya tribal groups which includes colourful garments, bags, shoes, rugs, wall hangings, file, pen holders and jewellery.

The T'boli weaves their cloth using fibers from the abaca plant, which is a variety of the banana family. The fibers are extracted from inner section of the wild banana plant. These are dried and separated into strands then joined into long threads needed for weaving.

It is used as thread and binding material for ikat, a decorative technique whereby threads are resist-tied and dyed into warp ikat patterns before weaving. The dyes used for colouring the threads are extracted from vegetables and other natural materials.

TLTC has received various awards for offering livelihood projects to tribal groups of Philippines. The centre encourages the workers to make top quality products from eco friendly materials. With the passage of time the handicraft items are being exported to overseas countries like Japan, Germany, Belgium, France and Australia.

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