CUSTOMMADE CRAFTS CENTER, WITH N. ARDANIEL’S LOOMWEAVING AND AL JAMELAH WEAVERS ASSOCIATION
Two weaving communities are featured in this collection – N. Ardaniel’s Loomweaving of La Paz, Abra for binakol fabrics and Al Jamelah Weavers Association of Maguindanao for inaul textiles. N. Ardaniel’s Loomweaving, based in the Cordillera, create handwoven products using traditional looms. The dizzying patterns of binakol are said to ward off evil spirits. The Maguindanao are a Muslim indigenous cultural community in Central Mindanao for whom weaving is a spiritual exercise and one of the highest forms of artistic expression. The inaul, the Maguindanao traditional fabric, depicts the community’s rich Muslim culture and heritage with its striking colours, intricate brocade patterns, and use of metallic threads. Both these communities fall under the umbrella of the CustomMade Crafts Center. The designer for this collection is Jean Dee.