KILALAHA: Tagolwanen Women of Malaybalay City
Among the notable groups in Bukidnon communities are the Tagolwanen Women of Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. They have established a name in the crafts industry.
They have organized themselves as the Tagolwanen Women Weavers Association (TWWA), Inc. They organized TWWA to promote the Tagolwanen tradition of weaving, as well as the customs and traditions that surround it.
For more information, the TWWA website: https://tagolwanenweavers.com/ offers a glimpse of the Tagolwanen’s story as a people, their products, their showroom and what their partners and clients say about them.
With modern living, according to the website, the use of this traditional skill steadily declined. TWWA aimed to help lay out the context for traditional weaving to be easily included in daily life.
The association encouraged the tribe’s women to recognize value in their own efforts working from home, that home chores and income-earning work such as weaving have considerable impact that benefit the family, as the website noted.
By recognizing the weavers’ contribution to the home, the Tagolwanen Women Weavers’ Association has empowered women’s self-determination for them to be equal partners in community building, active preservation and passing on of traditional culture and environmental preservation
The association also pushed for indigenous knowledge and the traditional weaving skills be passed to the young. When weaving is part of life, the next generation automatically picks up a traditional skill. The Tagolwanen Women Weavers’ Association actively teaches their youth to appreciate and continue the tradition of banig-making.
KILALAHA is a section of Bukidnonnews.Net that introduces some notable members or groups from different fields in the community. It is inspired by the principles of kinship cited as mutual recognition and respect (kilalaha), mutual sharing of information (sayuda), cooperation (buliga), mutual protection and preservation of life (uyaga), and mutual obligation to help the needy (pagbatunbatuna).
Photo grabbed from the Tagolwanenweavers.com