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The first collection of 7100 islands features handwoven and hand embellished textiles bursting with colors and patterns from from artisans from the southern part of the Philippine islands.

T’nalak and Hinabol means “woven” in the respective languages of the indigenous communities that make them, T’boli and Higaonon. Both are made from a natural fiber that is drawn from the stems of the abaca plant. Never seen one? It closely resembles a banana plant, only it bears no fruit. Like all beautiful things, the production of these textiles is long and tedious. The entire process, from preparing the threads to weaving a three-meter roll, can take up to three months.

T’nalak is characterized by its gorgeous, intricate ikat while Hinabol is known for its fun stripes. The former is said to be inspired by dreams while the latter reflects the weaver’s mood. You’ll notice that the Hinabol usually has fun colors. It’s because they believe that the weaver needs to be in a good mood when she sits on the loom if she wants her work to come out beautifully. On a side note, while it’s the men who gather the materials, only the women are allowed to enter the weaving house and touch the textile. The only time a man is allowed in is if he is wearing a skirt or is an eunuch. Talk about women marking their territory.

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