Sustainable Natural Materials

Growing wild and in great abundance in the forests of Negros Island, Hacienda Crafts uses a variety of these natural raw materials.

Indigenous Weaving Traditions

Tinalak

is the iconic indigenous weave design of the T’boli Tribe of southern Philippines. The fabric is woven from sustainable abaca fiber by master weavers who, through a dream, are said to be gifted with weaving skill by either the goddess Fu Dalu or the tribe’s ancestors. In character, the master weavers perform their craft without pre-drawn patterns, but from images they see in their dreams. Hence, Tinalak weavers are called dream weavers and every finished fabric is a unique creation.

Maranao

Maranao design elements celebrate the culture of the “People of the Lake”, an indigenous Moro group that settled the banks of Lake Lanao in southern Philippines and established their kingdom there long before the Spaniards came in the 16th Century. Their contributions to art design (sarimanok), dance (singkil), music (kulintang), even fairy tale characters (diwatas), make the Maranaos one of the most aesthetically expressive in southern Philippines. In 2005, UNESCO proclaimed the Derangan epic story of the Maranaos as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.

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