Banig Stories: Improving perception towards weaving and IP identity

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MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.Net courtesy of TWWA) Nerlyn, 31, is the daughter of Aileen, a master weaver. When the Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association (TWWA) was starting, she shared how weaving was perceived before.

She would see how her mother worked so hard to finish a mat, yet it would sell cheap. People would haggle for discounts. Thus, there is the perception that the mats and the weaving skill itself were of low or no value. 

TWWA took this observation to heart. It would ignite the motivation and commitment to promote the value of the Tagolwanen weaving, not just economically, but for Tagolwanen heritage.

Sometime after TWWA was organized, Nerlyn was surprised with the appreciation that other people had for the mats. Besides seeing the monetary value of weaving, she now appreciates that the weaving skill and the banig are part of the lumad identity.

These days, Nerlyn is proud of her mother and her Bukidnon-Tagolwanen ancestry. These have inspired her to learn the intricate weaving art of the Tagolwanen. (Text and photos courtesy of Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association. The materials first appeared in the TWWA FB Account)  

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