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Tapis

The Tapis of the Kalinga Tribe in Apayao is a rectangular, wraparound, indigenous skirt which is worn of the women of the said tribe. The garment is woven with:

•Back strap body tension looms
•Nature inspired embroidery patterns
•Mother of pearl platelets
•Shells

These things represent the wealth prestige of the area.

𝑇𝑎𝑝𝑖𝑠 is made with various, glamorous designs which are passed down from mother to daughter to the subsequent generations. Girls begin to weave at the age of 10. Men also participate in making the craft, making designs such as mountains, birds, lakes and stars. Moreover, the families take care not to alter the designs because every colour and detail have a specific meaning.

The fabric has been used to make other products such as bags, belts, coats and neckties, and shoes and mobile telephone and pillowcase which are the source of income of the families in Kalinga.

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