Creativity through craftsmanship is what Filipinos are also known. Many artisans across the country showcase different unique crafts and arts that will surely catch your interest.
Here we have listed the top 5 indigenous yet world-class Pinoy arts and crafts.
One of the most valuable living traditions that are still preserved until this day is the cloth weaving. Beginning in the pre-colonial era, the art of cloth weaving, particularly of the Cordillera tribes in the North, still lives notwithstanding the threat of the more practical production of fabrics today. The natives practice blackstrap loom to create blankets and pieces of clothing.
Piña cloth is also created through looms everywhere in the province of Antique. It is a fine and elegant handwoven fabric that is produced from the fibers of pineapple plants. It is commonly used in Barong Tagalog, the traditional Philippine clothes for men. With its airy and organic textile, it is growing more popular today and also around the world.
Another is the Abaca fiber which comes from the Abaca plant. Abaca is endemic and grown in the Philippines. It is woven mainly to produce sinamay fabric. Abaca is famous in manufacturing rope, specialty papers like the currency, vacuum bags, and tea bags. There are also handicrafts like furniture, carpets, bags, and clothing specially made out of Abaca.
The Cordilleras mainly use baskets for their occupation. They utilize them for food storage too when they have to go to the mountain terraces and farm their lands.
A basket is a must have for carrying hunting animals, grains, and fishing in the waters. The baskets are made of bamboo to become as their fish traps; the size and the shape of the baskets are based on the variety of fish they wish to catch.
Since the 16th century, it is presumed that jewelry making in the country already existed. It is known that the skills of the early Filipinos in creating jewelry are parented from our Asian neighbors like the Chinese people.
There are two largest product classes of fine jewelry production in the Philippines:
This jewelry is made of gold and silver which are in the forms of earrings, bracelets, rings, brooches, necklaces, tie pins, pendants, and cuff links.
Pearls are considered precious stones and as semi-precious stones. These are either unworked or worked types of pearls.
Pots in the country have various shapes, sizes, and designs. Their designs are typically geometric with embellished nature motifs.
A model of this is the “palayok,” which is utilized for cooking. The “Banga” and “Tapayan” are also used for depositing liquids. There is also the stove or “kalan” which is made out of clay. The production of “Burnay” pottery in the Ilocos Sur is yet a spirited tradition that remains up to the today.
The Philippine sculpture is the most well-known art form of the Filipinos. The most famous woodcarving in the Philippines is the carvings of the “Anitos” or the nature gods, “Santos” or saints, and figures of Christ and the Blessed Mother Mary.