HABI Book 3 - Weaving Ways: Filipino Style and Technique

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By Dr. Norma Absing Respicio and Gay Eiko Yoskikawa-Zialcita

Published by HABI The Philippine Textile Council and the Museum Foundation, 2020.

The book is in two parts: a technical guide for beginners and experts on weaving on an upright loom and a partial survey of weaving traditions from North to South of the Philippines. The first section is a very thorough manual containing drawings and detailed descriptions of basic weaving procedures. It provides templates to achieve various patterns and textures. This is written by Gayle Zialcita, an expert weaver commissioned by the Design Center of the Philippines to write this manual.

The second section presents a selection of traditional weaving techniques practiced in different parts of the country. Far from comprehensive—with only 9 weaving communities covered—this survey hopes to stimulate further research into the rich weaving traditions of the country. This section is written by Dr. Norma Respicio, a leading authority on Philippine traditional textiles. Weaving Ways is the third book in HABI’s publication series of books on Philippine weaving for amateurs, professionals and enthusiasts. Other books published by HABI are: HABI: A Journey and Rara: Art and Tradition of Mat Weaving in the Philippines. All the books in the series are designed to be affordable handy references in full color, accessible to students and teachers

HABI: The Philippine Textile Council is one of the pioneering nonprofit organizations in the Philippines that focuses its efforts towards the preservation of our local Philippine weaving heritage.⁠ Read more about their advocacy here.

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