Ukkil at Sutla - celebrating the arts of Mindanao PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

In commemoration of the end of the 2014 Eid’l Fitr Festival, there is an on-going art exhibit at the UP Vargas Museum in Diliman, Quezon City. Organized in coordination with the Magbassa Kita Foundation through the 2014 Eid'l Fitr Festival Committee with support from the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy, Department of Tourism and UP Alumni Association, the art exhibit entitled, “Ukil at Sutla,” is showcasing the traditional decorative arts and textiles of the Islamic Peoples of Mindanao. Presenting how Filipino Muslims are imagined through the traditional arts as well as modern and contemporary representation, it opened last August 5 and will run until end of August.

Ukkil and sutla are Mindanao’s unique art depictions. Ukkil or okir is the art of sculpting or carving , weaving and in metal works. The foliate designs are found in a variety of household items, architectural details and royal paraphernalia, and interpreted in a range of materials , from wood to silver, from carabao horn and gilt brass.

Sutla, on the other hand, is the silk weaving tradition once common among the Maranao, Maguindanao, Tausug and Yakan peoples. It is exemplified by important vintage examples of the Maranao Malong landap and andon, the Tausug pisyabit headscarves and kandit sashes, the restrained plaid malong of the Maguindanao and the tapestry-woven seputangan of the Yakan.

Complementing the objects and providing a continuum are artworks as well as archival materials on Mindanao from the Vargas Collection, which show how non-Islamic artists saw the peoples of Mindanao. Three large-scale works by National Artist for visual Abdulmari Imao were also presented alongside the objects to show how the Ukkil tradition has been re-interpreted by a contemporary artist.

The guests were welcomed by Amina Rusul of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy and Dr. Patrick Flores of the Vargas Museum. Special honorees were UP President Dr. Alfredo Pascual, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles, former Senator Santanina Rasul, and Zamboanga famous international artist Rameer Tawasil. (Photos are of Rameer Tawasil.)

By Dante Corteza

Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 August 2014 12:36