LOOK: Misamis weavers create fabric for Duterte’s barong
MISAMIS ORIENTAL – Christine Ubagan, a silk weaver in Laguindangan town in this province, has woven countless meters of fabric, but has never imagined a Philippine President may one day wear her creation.
Ubagan’s latest project revolves on the meticulously weaving of Mindanao silk that will be used for the barong Tagalog of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
Ubagan and her fellow weavers at the ABAI Weavers Multi-purpose Cooperative tirelessly work on the fabric using traditional wooden hand looms.
Their cooperative was established in 2003, with over 30 members.
In 2008, however, the demand for Mindanao silk fell — leaving the group with only eight weavers and four dyers.
The weavers now earn an average P300 every day for 1.5 meters of Mindanao silk.
Ubagan hopes that Duterte’s barong would spark a revival of the silk industry in Mindanao.
The ABAI Weavers Multi-purpose Cooperative is only one among countless groups which submitted their barong Tagalog designs for the inauguration of Duterte on June 30.
Although uncertain whether their creation will be used by Duterte for the event, the weavers hope that the new President will proudly wear their world-class Mindanaoan silk some day.