June 24, 2024

Teachers and students from secondary schools in Ifugao participated in the two-day lecture-demonstration on Ifugao Textile and Basket Weaving conducted by the National Museum of the Philippines-Cordillera.

The activity aimed to encourage and inspire the participants to appreciate the rich culture that the crafts reflect and to engage them in the efforts to safeguard such heritage and ensure its preservation.

Teacher Mylyn Binnog of Haliap National High School said the activity gave her the opportunity to know more about cultural heritage.

She said she will impart the knowledge she acquired from the activity to her students as part of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Practices and Indigenous Learning Systems, which is part of the Basic Education Curriculum of the Department of Education under its Indigenous Peoples Education Curriculum Framework.

The event featured members of the Kiyyangan Weavers Association who shared how they learned the craft and how weaving helped empower them.

The activity also aimed to promote women weavers in the Cordillera who were not spared from the financial crisis and other setbacks brought about by the still ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The two-day activity was organized by National Museum of the Philippines-Cordillera Regional Museum in Kiangan in collaboration with the NMP Gender and Development Focal Point System and Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement.

It is part of its “Binodbodan ken Pinilian: Shared textile traditions among the Cordillera people,” a textile exhibition in line with the celebration of the National Heritage Month with the theme, “Pamanang lokal: Binhi ng kulturang Pilipino.” – PIA Ifugao