Art work of Laminosa mats PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:25

I used to travel to Jolo, Sulu years back as a medical representative and I often buy intricately designed colorful pandan colorful mat named Laminosa. I used to collect and gave them as unique gifts especially the smaller and frame-able size. What I learned then there is a nearby island named Laminosa where pandan leaves are abundant and originated started by Samal weavers (not really sure about this). Laminosa mat is an art work we Filipinos can be proud of.

Philippines can claim of having the handsomest mat in Asia. It is a common sleep on of the masses before mattress came in.  Locally known as banig, it is traditionally made of screwpine palm (local terms are pandan, bariw, or romblon), the very thin reed called tikug and the swamp reed called biliran, Mats made in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are different from each other.

And I can say with pride that Laminosa banig or mat stands out.  Laminosa weavers can combine 5 to 10 colors with different designed patterns in one mat. Intricate ones can take 2 or 3 months to finish and they are distinct from one another. A big double mat is made of two joined mats – the front mat is where the designs are made while the back mat has no designed as it serves only as a background.

I am glad to learn from civic leader Mercia Salarda Alli of One with Sulu that the industry of Laminosa in Jolo, Sulu is being revived again with the help of the Ayala Foundation. The Mat Weavers of Bunbun Womens Association has been organized last year to help the community of Sitio Bulaw, Bunbun, Patikul, Sulu, develop this industry for livelihood. With the support of Tibuuk Lupah Sug too, I am happy to inform Pep Talk readers and Laminosa buyers or buyer to be the traditional way of Laminosa weaving will continue from generation to generation.
Nurhata Muksan, a mother of 4 children, said it with confidence and gratefully, “I can now produce more beautiful Laminosa mats to weave a a brighter future of my family and  children.”

By Dante Corteza

Proverbs 24:14 “Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”