Our Artistic Carvers and Weavers: Our Pride, Our Identity as Banaueans
Hand loom weavers
************* THE FINISHED PRODUCTS**************
The Nativity Tissue Holder
Spoon Set Tissue Holder
Angel Figurine Ginger Smasher
Chess board Jewelry Boxes
Stick Bulur Ballpen Holder
Different carved figures Hand ashtray
********** Weaved Products***********
Ethnic tapis for girls G-string for boys
The Weavers and carvers of Banaue are gifted and artistic. These are talents and skills that are given and blessed to only a few. It is considered as a God’s given talent because they did not learn in a formal education. According to the carvers and weavers interviewed, they learned these skills by simply watching and helping their ancestors who are weaving and carving. From that time on they did not go to school and engage themselves already in carving and weaving.
Most of the carvers and weavers did not finish their education but their educational background did not hinder them to improve their living. It is trough weaving and carving that they earn their living. In fact, most of the carvers and weavers of Banaue now a days have a good standard of living. They contribute a lot to the economy of the place. It is through their products that Banaue is progressing.
This topic about the carvers and weavers is chosen for this project, to recognize and admire the people who are contributing much to the economy of the place and to encourage them to work hard and produce more products.
The team will research on how the carvers and the weavers in Banaue earn and uplift their economic status. Tell some evidences that they are contributing to the progress of the economy of Banaue. The researchers set a time to meet the group and plan for the DPSA project. They discussed about the title and the people to be interviewed.
Digicam and video cam were prepared for the documentation. Interviews to the carvers and weavers were done. The researchers edited the photos, made the write ups and send the entry to the blog site.
– To admire and inspire carvers and weavers to double their production since their products are in demand in the market.
– To promote the products of these carvers and weavers nation wide and to the whole world.
– To invite and encourage non-school youth to engage themselves in carving and weaving to earn a living.
These are people who make figures out of wood or stones. They are considered skilled and talented because they can carve any figure presented to them or even carve figures out of their imagination. Some carvers of Banaue are hired abroad because of their skill.
Most of the weavers interviewed are women. They are very patient and also skilled. They can sit the whole day to roll thread, to prepare the materials before weaving and weave “ tapiz” (ethnic skirt) and ”wanoh” (ethnic G-string for boys). “Tapis” and “wanoh” are the most popular products that the weavers in Banaue make.
Many of these carvers and weavers interviewed did not finish any degree in education but their being very artistic amazed visitors and tourists visiting Banaue. We owe the livelihood of most of our people to the carvers and weavers. Our place became popular in Western countries because of our carvings and weaving products.
A lot of families in our community uplifted their financial status because of these carvers and weavers. They, themselves improved their way of living by carving and weaving. Their products are sent abroad for export.
STEPS IN CARVING
Logs Making figures
Indian Figure Fruit Bowl Stand
1. The carvers choose the old and mature trees. They make it into logs.
2. They cut the logs according to the sizes of the figure that they planned to make.
3. The carvers use a set of wooden handed metal tools crafted in different shapes and sizes with sharpened edges to nicely etch figures.
4. The finished figures will be sold to carving store owners.
5. The buyer will then make the necessary finishing touches to the wood before it will be out to the market.
STEPS IN WEAVING
1. Prepare all the threads and materials to be used.
2. Set the materials to be used, ready for the first step in weaving.
3. Make the lay out of the threads following a certain color, size and length.
4. Warp the threads to the desired width and length.
5. Weave using the shuttle with the filling thread.
1. Jocelyn Dulappe- teacher
2.Renita Fermin – teacher
3. Alice Muntinig – teacher
4. Nowie Hangdaan – pupil
5. Roland Hambon – pupil
6. Wilan Himmiwat – pupil
Mr William Hangdaan
Mrs Milagros Dirije