Roxas 8

Roxas 8

Love of art in his veins
With many people in Basey engaged in mat weaving, it came as no surprise that there is now a scarcity of the raw material. Lilio reveals that they have to procure tikog from some Leyte towns like Mayorga, Abuyog, MacArthur and Sta. Fe, among others, to augment the supply that they acquire locally.

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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.