BAUANG, La Union, Feb. 26 (PIA) - To keep the Ilocano tradition and culture alive, the Department of Tourism (DOT) in the Ilocos will host training programs on loom weaving for the youth.
During the opening program of the Region 1 Tourism Stakeholders Consultation Workshop held on February 18 at the Marand Beach Resort, this town, DOT-1 Regional Director Joseph Francisco Ortega announced the good news for the weaving industry in the region.
"We allocated part of our P40M budget to train the youth and also the relatives of the loom weavers so the tradition can be passed on to the next generation. This is our way of keeping our Ilocano traditions and culture alive. And also, a means to honor our Ilocano ancestors," Ortega said in an interview.
Iloko loom weaving is a textile production wherein yarns made of cotton dyed from the sap of plum are manually woven through a wooden handloom to craft fabrics of intricate designs called the "inabel."
These are used for blankets, pillowcases, table runners, bags and other garments.
But with today's technological innovations in the textile industry, people especially the youth tend to forget the grassroots of the Ilocano culture in creating fabrics.
"Kapag pumanaw ang mga matatandang weavers natin, wala nang magtutuloy ng tradisyon ng pag-aabel at mamamatay ang kultura kasama nila. We need to preserve our identity. And our identity as Ilocanos can be found in our loom weaving industry," the young regional chief stated.
The training will not only be intended for the youth but also for the people who the government can guarantee to stay and uphold the traditional weaving for the sake of cultural preservations and not of some self-serving purposes.
Moreover, Ortega said that the training program has been earmarked, ready to be launched on the second or third quarter of this year tentatively in Ilocos Norte. (JCR/AMB/CGC/PIA La Union)