Female Upper Garments | In Focus: Arts and Objects Explained

Female Upper Garments | In Focus: Arts and Objects Explained


more than basic clothing textiles are signifiers of customs and meanings especially for indigenous groups in the Philippines men and women both contribute in the textile industry but weaving activities are mostly dominated by women traditionally the properties of the natural surroundings define weaving materials and natural dye stuffs in an aesthetic sense in the choosing of objects and designs in Ayala museum’s collection of indigenous upper garments one might find interesting stories about the ones who lived and who wore them this blouse called llama by the Kalina in the mountain province uses white plain weave cloth with red weft and warp details all the decorative elements to the glass are taken from the red Nara part red being a significant color to the Kalinga it is the colour they used to depict the earth and the color they chose as their identification this metal Wasi from the gutting of the mountain province is a stripe plain weave woman’s blouse the garment is short and falls just below the bust in this garment coins are used as decorative features these particular coins were circulated during the Second World War by the Japanese an outstanding upper garment in the collection is this blast from the BLA an ethnic group of southern mindanao the beading design which covers the whole garment itself are composed of small cut and flat beads made from mother-of-pearl [Music] you

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