Legarda: Tausug Weavers to Showcase their Craft at National Museum

November 28, 2014

Senator Loren Legarda invites citizens to a weaving demonstration by Tausugs from Sulu at the National Museum on November 29-30, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Legarda, patron of the country’s first permanent textile gallery,Hibla ng Lahing Filipino, said that Tausugs from Lagasan, Parang, Sulu will demonstrate how to weave the pis siyabit.


“I invite Filipinos to visit the Hibla gallery to witness how Tausugs weave intricate patterns to form the pis siyabit, the traditional headdress of the Tausug men. Through this demonstration, we can better appreciate not only the effort and skill of the weavers but also our culture and heritage,” she said.


The weekly weaving demonstrations at the Hibla gallery are part of the Lecture Series on Philippine Traditional Textiles and Indigenous Knowledge, which Legarda, in partnership with the National Museum, initiated since 2012 to perpetuate weaving and indigenous knowledge.


Previous demonstrators include the Ifugao weavers from Kiangan; the Kalinga weavers from Mabilong Weaving Center of Buscalan; weavers from Samoki, Mountain Province;sinamay weavers from Arevalo, Iloilo; the Panay Bukidnons who showed their panubok embroidery; patadyong weavers from the Bagtason Loom Weavers Association in Bugasong, Antique; weavers from the Yakan Village in Zamboanga City; Mandaya weavers from Caraga, Davao Oriental; and T’boli weavers from Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.


The weaving demonstrations can be viewed on Saturdays and Sundays, at the Hibla gallery, located at the 4th Floor of the Museum of the Filipino People, Finance Road, Manila.