Kabayan Eco-Cultural Adventure: Kabayan Weaving Arts & Crafts

Kabayan Weaving Ikat

Kabayan Weaving Arts & Crafts is a community-based initiative that was set up for the promotion of culture preservation and the employment of women and the youth. Its proprietor and pioneer, Maxencia Banizal Pili, took the initiative to revive loom weaving in Kabayan with the objective to generate employment in the community and to sustain the making of quality traditional attires. With her own effort and capital, Kabayan Weaving Arts & Crafts was established in 1994 and registered with the Department of Trade and Industry.

Kabayan Weaving Yellow Divit
This divit is said to be for the baknang (upper class) while the divit on the right is for regular people.

Kabayan Weaving Green Divit

To date, there are about 30 workforce composed of women and men. Most of its personnel are women who are in charge of weaving, men – farmers who are usually the husband of the women involved in weaving, and out of school youth. This community based enterprise is at par with loom weaving industries in Baguio. Their native cloth has reached as far as Hong Kong, Japan, United States, and Israel. Among Kabayan Weaving’s clientele are neighboring towns in Benguet and the Benguet Provincial Capitol.

Aside from traditional attires, other Kabayan Weaving products are cellphone cases, coin purses, bags, vests, and lemon grass oil.

Kabayan Weaving DTI award
Kabayan Weaving Arts & Crafts was recognized by DTI in 2014 for its contribution to the community and exemplary business practices.
Kabayan Weaving Phone Case
Aside from divit, and the traditional Ibaloi textile, Kabayan Weaving sells woven merchandises such as purses, cellphone cases, and bags.

 

 

Kabayan Weaving Purse

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