June 22, 2024

Weaving arts, crafts, and products from the different provinces of the region were featured in the Cordillera Weaves Exhibit and Weavers’ Bazaar at the Department of Tourism Regional Office from Nov. 27 to Dec. 1.

DOT-Cordillera Director Jovita Ganongan said weaving is an important part of Cordillera’s rich culture and heritage that must be celebrated and pass on to the future generations.  

The weaving exhibit and bazaar provided a venue for Baguio folks and visitors to have a glimpse and buy Cordillera weaving products for souvenirs or gifts and learn about the Cordillera weaving as an art and an industry.

The DOT-Cordillera, in partnership with the Tourism Promotions Board, also initiated a two-day webinar on Nov. 29-30 dubbed as “Cordillera Weaves, Tradition, Innovation and Commerce” that aimed to explore the past, present, and the future of Cordillera weaving industry.

Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Director Nancy Bantog presented the state of the Cordillera Weaving Industry while Department of Trade and Industry OIC Director Juliet Lucas talked on “Protecting the Rights of the Weaving Industry Stakeholders.”

Tourism Promotions Board Chief Operating Officer Atty. Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones discussed “Bringing the Weaving Industry in the 21st Century.

Marion Martin of Kiangan Weavers Association discussed “The Art of Weaving Design, Tradition, and the Village Weavers while Museo Kordilyera Social Anthropologist and Museum Director Analyn Salvador-Amores discussed “Digitalization of the Cordillera Textile.”

The activities are in support to Ibagiw Creative Festival, an institutionalized event of the city government pursuant to Baguio’s membership to the Unesco Creative Cities Network. – Carlito C. Dar