The Ilocos region, especially Sur and Norte is known popularly as where abel iloko, a traditional form of weaving with its own interesting designs come from. But not many know that this traditional cloth is also woven in Abra. I had the opportunity to visit one such weaving community in Bulbulala, La Paz.
Leila’s Loomweaving is perhaps one of the biggest suppliers of woven abel, with their biggest buyer from a handicrafts shop in Cebu focusing on Philippine traditional textiles. They not only have given work to the community, with majority of the weavers local women, they are also part of keeping the tradition intact.
The room has several looms but many more are in the houses within the barangay. The weaving itself is a manual process, with each textile taking several weeks to finish.
Thanx to Vice Governor Chari Bersamin for making this trip possible.
Bulbulala, La Paz, Abra
+63 928 3210379