We invite you to have a positive impact by enabling our master weaver, Jenny Bawer Young, to continue her practice from the Mabilong region of the Kalinga province in the Philippines. We are committed to keeping our traditions alive, and have her teach us here in the diaspora. In the past two years, our circle has grown and our reach now includes youth via children’s summer camps and workshops! Donate, share, re-post the link below so that our textile traditions can thrive out here in the states!
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Straddled on a make-shift loom holder the new skirt laga begins at home; on the other end of the room, kitty jojoh at rest, swell laga time with a kul catby leng leng
utmost importance to have equal distribution of the sakyot across the new skirt laga (the weave) ~ teacher jenny shares that the sakyot divides the threads for a smoother weave. it took us about 2-3 attempts (sakit! the pain of struggle) to prepare the sakyot, redo a couple of times because of unequal measurements, it is a learning progress for me and a final sakyot done by teacher jenny, a total of ~2.5 hours. sakaysay ang sakyot, the sakyot combs and divide the threads of the laga required for a smooth weave
laga finally begins after the sakyot is in place, corrected many times with this novice weaver until each thread is of the same height, same level across the laga
a welcome treat of bangsilog, fried fish with eggs and garlic rice and a side of mango with herbs, from dampa, a local filipino restaurant in castro valley, ca
by leng leng
Sarap! Delicious! Home-made adobong pusit (squid) by the bawer sisters.
It’s not just about laga (weaving), this is also about learning about other cultural traditions, food! Younger sister, shalom, taught older sister and shared her adobong pusit recipe. Sarap ang buhay! Life is good! Mabuhay!
What an honor to learn from not just one but two bawer sisters as we move towards a bigger laga, a kalinga skirt. It was a great honor to have my twin sister with her twins present as i finished the kalinga belt in their presence. Mabuhay!by leng leng