I CAN uplifts our local Muslim weavers PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00

Pep Talk commends the latest community project of the multi-awardee local NGO (non-government organization) I CAN Make A Difference. About 3 months ago, I CAN founder Dr. Michael Dellariarte mentioned in his Facebook account about his group’s plan to help improve the weave products of our city’s Muslim communities – the Yakans, Badjaos, and Tausugs. Find a way to help them improve raw material processing, weaving methods, and product designs to add more value to the finished products sold as souvenir gifts, are their noble purposes.

And so when co-founder Meryl Grace Agudelo mentioned in her Facebook about the successful 3-day weaving capacity building for our local Muslim weavers, Pep Talk is proud to share this good news to DZT readers. The training was conducted by the Philippine Textile Research Institute with the full support ofUnited Laboratories Inc. last week.

The participants were taught how to use natural dye on their weaving materials that came from homegrown plants and trees such as Coconut fruit, Mahogany bark and Talisay leaves.Because of limited supply of yarns made from 100% cotton in the local market, they have been resorting to commercially prepared yarns made up of 70% Polyester 30% cotton. In this training, however, they were provided with top quality cotton yarns that they were able to color coming from the plants. What is exciting to wait from this project outcome is they can now produce better weave organically-dyed Muslim inspired products.

Currently, I CAN is on the works of making shoes, bags, and other products made of Yakan, Badjao, and Tausug weave materials at their training center in Talon-Talon. Watch out for it in our local souvenir shops. Agudelo proudly said, “Because of this engagement, I have a whole new appreciation and respect of our local artisans. Empowering local communities as they weave the Filipino dream and clothe the Filipino spirit!”

Proverbs 4:11-12 "I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered, when you run, you will not stumble."

By: Dante Corteza