Information about Nagbacalan Loom Weaving
Nagbacalan Loom Weaving
Photo by Nagbacalan Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Loomweaving has been a part of Ilocandia's culture since before the Spanish arrived. Nonetheless, it took until 1992 for the loom weavers of Paoay, Ilocos Norte, to form a union. With only P5,300 in beginning cash, the group began weaving traditional abel blankets and pillows before progressively expanding their product line. They now make placemats, table napkins, runners, purses, clothing fabrics, and other hand-woven goods. There are presently 45 members, however not all of them are weavers.
Previously, children as young as six years old were taught to weave, but enthusiasm has waned and must be reignited. Keeping this tradition alive is one of their organization's top concerns. With a visionary leader and dedicated members, the Cooperative confronts a bright future that connects their people to their rich weaving heritage. How to get there Nagbacalan is a village in Ilocos Norte. The best way to get here is by riding a jeepney bound for Nagbacalan or joining a guided tour.
Best time to visit
It is open from Monday to Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM.