Panay Bukidnon Women Complete Skills Training On Abaca Sewing Embroidery

Various designs of sewn and embroidered abaca based clothing were produced by at least 15 Panay Bukidnon women and members of the Jamindan Bukidnon Tribes Association (JABTA) who completed the Skills Enhancement Training on Abaca Sewing and Embroidery last August 13 to 17 at the School for Living Traditions in Brgy. Jaena Sur in Jamindan town.

The fiveday training, funded by the Capiz provincial government thru the Gender and Development program of the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, is a follow through to a training on abaca weaving by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Sigmahanon Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Inc. among the identified indigenous people in the municipality in 2017.

"The training was not only to further develop and improve the technical skills of these IP women, but also to recognize their significant role in the community as cultural bearers of this art," said a PTCAO social networking account about the recently concluded activity.

"With the advancement of technologies, weaving fibers into fabrics can now be done in factories making this traditional art a thing of the past," the account added.

It also capacitates these IP women to materialize creative ideas through embroidery so they can create even more attractive and saleable quality products that they can sell on a wider market to supplement their family's income.

Some Aklan cultural masters on abaca sewing and embroidery served as trainers and resource persons of the training which concluded in a ceremony marked by the awarding of certificates of completion among the participants.

Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Alphonsus Tesoro as well as provincial government consultant on tourism Greg Atienza and JABTA secretary Norma Chavez graced the closing program.

Jamindan has about 1,500 Panay Bukidnon families or an estimated 10,000 indigenous people's population in its identified seven IP barangays.

The municipality, which has about 500 - hectare abaca farm sites, has chosen abaca as its priority crop for One-Town One-Product (OTOP) program of the national government.

Abaca is a natural fiber that holds a very firm shape making it three times stronger than cotton and silk.

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