Reese Lansangan art

The Ifugao: Culture, Deconstructed


An Ifugao woman takes the time to complete the weaving of tapis, a multi-colored piece of cloth that is wrapped around the body to become a skirt. In the 16th century, Spanish colonizers deemed tapis dressing as improper and immoral, and insisted on covering up women with more “modest” attire.

But here she is today, loom in hand, expertly weaving through warped threads to form complicated patterns of alternating stripes—patterns which have been designed entirely in one’s mind.


See the whole visual journal I made for Kamusta? Magazine, inspired by our trip to Banaue this July 2013. Collage & write-up by meeeee! Lol.

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