Inabal: Discovering the Traditional Bagobo-Tagabawa Textiles
We are greeted with stunning landscapes and warm hospitality during our recent visit to Davao del Sur. The province is located in the southern part of the Philippines, known for its diverse culture and natural wonders. One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the village of Salinta Monon, the last Bagobo weaver, who has contributed immensely to the preservation and transmission of Bagobo’s weaving heritage.
Visiting the village of Salinta Monon is a unique experience that offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Bagobo people of Davao del Sur. Salinta Monon, who passed away in 2009, was a renowned weaver and a National Living Treasure Awardee. She was known for her exceptional skills in weaving the traditional Bagobo-Tagabawa textiles called Inabal, characterized by their intricate patterns and vibrant colors.
As we explored the village, we saw the influence of Salinta Monon’s legacy on the community. The locals continue to practice the art of weaving, passing down the traditional techniques from generation to generation. The village is also home to a monument dedicated to Salinta Monon, erected to celebrate her centennial year. The monument serves as a reminder of her contributions to preserving and transmitting the Bagobo weaving heritage.
We also witnessed the daily life of the villagers and learned about their customs and traditions. The village is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a serene environment that allows us to immerse ourselves in the local culture. Overall, visiting the village of Salinta Monon is a worthwhile experience that provides a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Bagobo people and the legacy of Salinta Monon.
History of Salinta Monon
Salinta Monon was a master weaver of the Bagobo-Tagabawa tribe and was born on December 12, 1920, in Bansalan, Davao del Sur. She was known as the last Bagobo weaver of the world-renowned traditional Bagobo-Tagabawa textiles called Inabal.
Legacy of the Last Bagobo Weaver
Salinta Monon’s legacy as a weaver continues to live on, with her contributions to preserving and transmitting Bagobo’s weaving heritage. Her intricate and delicate designs continue to inspire weavers and artists alike. Her work has been featured in various exhibitions and…