Makan Weaving in Antique, Central Philippines: Techniques, Cultural Implications and Economic Sustainability Challenges (71251)

Session Information: Cultural Studies
Session Chair: Amr Mansour

Saturday, 23 September 2023 14:10
Session: Session 3
Room: Room A (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

Across the Philippines, bamboo weaving is an integral part of many communities' cultural heritage and economy. However, limited research exists on the specific weaving techniques, cultural implications, and challenges faced by weavers in these communities, particularly in relation to makan or bamboo mat weaving in Antique, Central Philippines. This study aims to explore the weaving techniques and cultural implications of makan or bamboo mat weaving among the weavers in Antique, Central Philippines. Qualitative research employing ethnographic and narrative analysis was used to examine the three main processes of makan weaving, and the cultural implications of this tradition. The study revealed that a communal practice called binalantak, a technique traditionally utilized by the weavers in creating the craft. Makan weaving has important implications for cultural heritage, natural resources, artistic expression, economic development, gender roles, spiritual beliefs, and community development. However, the narratives of the weavers highlighted several barriers to economic sustainability, including limited government support, transportation and road infrastructure, access to financial capital, seasonal production, and competition. The study suggests that interventions are needed to address these challenges and support the continued practice of makan weaving as a valuable cultural tradition and source of economic opportunity for the weavers and their community.

Edbert Jay Cabrillos, University of Antique, Philippines
Rowena Cabrillos, University of Antique, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Mr Edbert Jay Cabrillos is a University Doctoral Student at University of Antique in Philippines

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