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Puerto 12

The current name of the game is banig – for environmental relevance, sustainability.

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Puerto 11

The country has a great resource of raw materials ideal for mat weaving.

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Puerto 10

Bolinao in Pangasinan has yet to make use of color spectrum in their designs.

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Puerto 9

The Bicolanos use karagomoy and the younger leaf called buri, – both of which are of the same plant species, they have developed the use of varied colors particularly on the buri, as evident in the various well-made ladies’ bags now seen in SM Kultura. Karagonoy is thicker and tougher and often relegated for use as storage boxes, waste baskets, hampers and plant liners for interiors.

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Puerto 8

The raw material tikog (Visayan) or the  sesed (Maranao/Maguindanao) is well known in those Maguindanao area with the exception of Basey.in Samar. The problem with the Maranao design is their stubborn adherence to the same dye colors. Unlike the Basey mat makers who have innovated with the use of a whole spectrum of rainbow colors, the Maranao has stuck to the same old color spectrum determined by the same color dye available in the area.

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Puerto 7

Rattan-made Palawan mats are also hard to find nowadays due to the scarcity of raw materials. In the midst of these scarcities, Cordillerans found climbing bamboos as a good substitute raw material. Climbing bamboo grows profusely in the hillside of Baguio, particularly in Sto. Tomas mountain.

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Puerto 6

Very stiff mats are excellent for the floor liners, boxes, placements, attaché cases among others. They could stand the wear and tear of constant use. The T’boli rattan mats are good example of these. However, with scarcity if rattan in the T’boli areas, production and availability are now lessened.

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Puerto 5

One should note that all mats from Sulu are woven, while some Samar mats are embroidered – a major distinction between how the designs from these two areas differ in terms of aesthetic.

By “embroidered” we meant that the basic background is woven plainly and the designs are embedded on the surface layer of the background while the other would have design incorporated in the woven structure.

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Puerto 4

But not all Sulu-type mats are subjected to these mat making processes. Mats coming from Jolo, Palawan or Zamboanga are never subjected to these preliminary preparations. The latter would have the pandanus leaves dipped in dye, dried, and woven. The special processes make mats from these islands expensive and hard to find.

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Puerto 3

To achieve a shiny sheen on the leaves, oil is added to the boiling water in the process of dyeing. The resulting product becomes highly pliable and smooth to the touch which makes it very ideal and suited for products for fashion items such as clothes, bags, shoes, etc. It is soft enough that it no longer requires a heavy duty sewing machine. Ordinary sewing machine will do.

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Banig, a native handwoven mat made from an indigenous reed named tikog (Fimbristylis utilis), is usually used for sleeping. Overtime, it has been used in other forms like native bags, throw pillows, place mats, framed art works, and it now adorns modern walls panels, furniture mattings and even used in designer clothings.