Ethnic Roots


THE AETAS

Agta or Ayta are indigenous people believed to be the earliest inhabitants of the Philippines, living in scattered, isolated mountainous parts of Luzon. The Aetas are skillful in weaving and plaiting, famous for their weaved winnows and mats. Their ingenuity extends to the use of different natural materials for clothing, ornaments and visual arts. Today, Aetas have settled down in the plains of Central Luzon, where they brought their craft and have since been developed into a booming industry of woodworks and basket weaving that provides livelihood to many households in the region. 

 

THE MANGYANS

is the generic name for the eight indigenous groups found on the island of Mindoro and Bicol region, southwest of the island of Luzon Philippines, home of the Abaca. These free spirited people are known for their ornamental designs in weaving, particularly with the use of colored geometric and zigzag patterns in their clothing . Although, the prevailing handicraft techniques they use nowadays came from different tribal traditions, it can be ascertained that the weaving prowess of Bicolanos was largely influenced by the Mangyans.

THE KALINGAS

are called the peacocks of Northern Philippines because of their attention to detail when it comes to appearance and dressing, widely characterized by their vibrant colors and extravagant accessories. Throughout the past, these native people have moved all over the whole island of Luzon, spreading their art of weaving, carving and ornament making. Such skills, along with influences from other tribal groups, have since been developed into a booming industry of woodworks and basket weaving, providing livelihood to many households in the greater Luzon region. 

 


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