Mountain Province: Kadangyan burial cloth

"Kadangyan" burial cloth

Mountain Province is growing in popularity as a "Spelunkers Delight and Weavers Paradise." It is, in fact, THE breeding ground of backstrap weavers in the Cordillera. As evidence, most Mt. Province weavers even populate the weaving centers in other provinces like Benguet and Baguio City.

Backstrap weaving is very common in the province. Likewise, they take pride in the weaving of burial cloths which is popular in the town of Guinzadan.

This is the burial cloth for the "kadangyan" (rich people). In earlier days, only the grandmothers were allowed to weave burial cloths.

With the changing times, any able weaver is already allowed to make one for the dead.

A weaver from Guinzadan, Bauko, Mountain Province, shows the intricate design and movement of the different threads in weaving the "bedbed" a male headgear or headband.

Seeing the Future
The future of the weaving industry in the Cordillera depends on the hands of the younger generations.
She is too old to weave in her community in Guinzadan, Bauko, Mt. Province.  But she was successful to pass this to the next generation, which she shall see through as long as she lives.

Preserving the Culture
This woman is just one of the many younger generations who weave in Guinzadan, Bauko, Mt. Province.  They are committed to continue weaving and pass on to the next generation.

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Aside from my day job, I love photography and storytelling. Going places--be it a cliche destination or the far side of the road--stoke and free my soul. I dig deeper into the people’s psyche, culture and ethnicity, and heritage. I love to observe how they thrive and build social institutions, preserve their culture and traditions.


thepinaysolobackpacker said...

interesting and informative! i super like this piece! yung alam ko lang kase ang Kadangyan na banda. hehe

Admin/Author said...

Thanks, gael!

Budget Biyahera said...

Excited ako to meet the creators of these lovely indigenous fabrics! Will be waiting for your info, Ding! Maraming salamat ulit. :)

Unknown said...

Ano ba yung kadangyan😥😢