The Subanen tribe is famous for their handloom weaving prowess. However, due to the influence of western culture and modernization, it is waning among the present generation.
Mr. Ebenezer T. Tulog, Provincial Science and Technology Officer said pooling their resources together, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA), Department of Agrarian Reform-Belgian Integrated Agrarian Reform Support Program (DAR-BIARSP), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the local government of Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur will sponsor a training on Basic Handloom Weaving on July 9-13, 2007 at Bulawan Savings and Credit Cooperative in Lapuyan.
Twenty-six members of the Bulawan Women's Association will participate in the training to be conducted by Josefa Garlitos and Teresita Valencia of the Philippine Textile Research Institute in Manila.
The types of handloom machines used to produce cloth are the Visayan and the backstrap looms, the latter being used by the Subanen tribe. These types are traditional and inefficient as compared to the modern upright design from the Philippine Textile Research Institute which is easy and convenient to operate.
Handloom cloths are not only used as clothes but can be used in varied ways such as footwear, fashion craft, bags, table runners, belts, hats, leaves, flowers, sashes, interior decors, curtains, magazine racks and many others.