Mangyan weavers explore Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Gallery at National Museum of Anthropology

Mangyan weavers explore Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Gallery at National Museum of Anthropology

THE Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) organized a visit to the National Museum of Anthropology for Hanunuo Mangyan weavers, faculty from Mindoro State University (MinSU) and Local Government Unit (LGU) officials from Mansalay and Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, to explore the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Gallery on June 1, 2024.

The goal of the visit was to foster appreciation and understanding of these indigenous weaving tradition, encouraging cultural exchange and inspiring the preservation of their own weaving practices with the broader narrative of Philippine cultural heritage.

Hibla ng Lahing Filipino is a significant cultural display aimed at preserving and promoting traditional Filipino textiles. The exhibit features an array of handwoven fabrics, traditional garments, and intricate patterns that reflect the diverse weaving heritage of the Philippines.

Following their museum tour, the weavers also visited the office of Undersecretary Margaux Marie V. Salcedo of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). During this visit, the weavers presented USec Salcedo with a hand-beaded Pakudos necklace, a symbolic gesture showcasing their craftsmanship and cultural heritage.

‘Nay Yumay, one of the weavers, expressed her great happiness. She mentioned that it was their first time visiting the National Museum of the Philippines, where they were amazed to see their traditional clothing and items on display. Furthermore, she also noted that it was a pleasant surprise to recognize some of the people in the photos of the Mangyan in the museum as members of their tribe.


Editor’s Note: This article has been sourced from the DOST – Philippines Facebook Page.


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