Habing Maragondon: Heritage in our Hands

Keepsake buying is just one of the tasks I constantly anticipate when I take a trip. I such as maintaining little things that advise me of that unique location I went to. Yet since I reside in a studio apartment, I attempt to restrict the things I purchase to food, publications, and also regional weaves.

Therine of Habing MaragondonTherine of Habing Maragondon
Therine of Habing Maragondon

Why weaves? They are the most effective mementos since they can be really useful. They are likewise art kinds and also concrete components of regional society.

Rowena working on her loomRowena working on her loom
Rowena working with her impend

Throughout the years, I have actually gathered weaves from various components of the nation– Ifugao tapis, T’nalak, Abel Iloco, Hablon, Binakol, Yakan weaves, and so on. Yet one weave I do not have in my collection are the weaves of Cavite, the district where I matured.

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Rowena Nuesca with a few of her (he) art work

Yet allow me safeguard myself a little bit. Cavite is not truly popular for their weaves. I just found out about weaves from Cavite throughout the pandemic, many thanks to the initiatives of social business owner Catherine “Therine” Diquit of Likhang Maragondon. Additionally, I just such as getting weaves throughout my trips and also not from their display rooms or screens in the city, other than if they are made right into something I can put on. And also the mass of my collection were presents from buddies and also areas that we went to.

Rowena converted her garage into her work area and showroomRowena converted her garage into her work area and showroom
Rowena transformed her garage right into her workspace and also display room
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A Lot More OOTDs

I had a possibility to fulfill Therine throughout the Tourist Advertising Board’s Philippine Tourist Influencers’ Program (PTIP) in CALABARZON, which I signed up with. Maragondon was the sixth community we went to throughout our 7-day trip of the area.

She invited the team in her display room situated at Garita-A, Maragondon, Cavite.

The store includes a selection of Habing Maragondon items consisting of handwoven textiles made right into table joggers, bags, garments, headscarfs, coverings, pillow cases, and also face masks, plus things constructed from bamboo, devices, paints, and also others.

More of Rowena's weavesMore of Rowena's weaves
Even more of Rowena’s weaves

Their tagline “Heritage in your hands. Crafted with objective” is really suitable. Therine’s team faucets regional craftsmens to sustain their resources.

” Our purpose is to equip our kababayans in Maragondon by providing resources possibilities,” shares Therine.

The social venture began November 2019, 3 months prior to the pandemic, which included in the difficulty of meeting their objective. Thankfully, they had the ability to put on face masks and also utilize bamboo alcohol dispensers.

Habing Maragondon's displayHabing Maragondon's display
Habing Maragondon’s screen

One more objective of Therine’s team is to conserve the passing away custom of weaving in Maragondon. She stated that Maragondon just had 2 weavers when they began, now they have a lot more.

Among them is Rowena Nuesca. Previously that day we went to Rowena in her house, where she shows a few of her jobs and also where she shows to those interested, a little just how she changes strings right into terrific masterpieces.

She utilizes cotton strings and also her styles are mainly straight. According to Rowena, her selection of shades mainly relies on what consumers want.

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For your OOTD

Rowena began weaving as her resources in 2017. She was educated by her mommy at the age of 13 years of ages, when she was still in secondary school.

She shared that a lot of the weavers she has actually dealt with are currently in their elderly years and also have actually unfortunately not passed the ability onto their relative or loved ones due to an absence of rate of interest in the craft.

” Ako lang po ang pinaka-batang nagkaroon ng interes na ituloy ito. Halos lahat ng kabataan ayaw kasi sabi nila, ganyan na nga trabaho ng nanay ko nung araw, kami ganyan rin. (I am the youngest participant of our area that had a passion in proceeding this custom. The youngsters are not interested. They state that their moms and dads’ job is currently weaving, so why would certainly they do the very same?)” regreted Rowena, that is currently 43 years of ages.

Beautiful fabrics for saleBeautiful fabrics for sale
Lovely textiles available for sale

Nonetheless, Rowena stated she wants to educate any individual that wishes to discover the craft.

I purchased from Rowena a blue covering for a truly economical cost considering it took Rowena a day to complete it. Allow me likewise include that the workmanship is truly exceptional. For my van friends, I obtained little hand towels. It is my little method of sustaining Rowena and also ideally, even more will certainly end up being interested, to make sure that the young people of Maragondon will certainly proceed this olden custom.

In Addition To Maragondon, Indang is likewise restoring their weaving custom.

Bamboo products at Habing MaragondonBamboo products at Habing Maragondon
Bamboo items at Habing Maragondon
Bag for sale at Habing Maragondon's showroomBag for sale at Habing Maragondon's showroom
Bag available for sale at Habing Maragondon’s display room

The Mahabang Kahoy Weavers Organization in Cerca, Indang got on our travel plan however unfortunately the weavers were not readily available.

The community of Indang was as soon as a weaving facility, however it gradually subsided after the 2nd Globe Battle. It’s an advantage that some citizens are restoring this with the assistance of the city government and also some nationwide companies. Ideally, they likewise obtain a Therine that has a style for advertising.

Even more details regarding Likhang Maragondon is readily available on their web site www.likhangmaragondon.com and also on their Facebook web page https://www.facebook.com/likhangmaragondon.

Rowena Nuesca might be gotten to with her Facebook web page– https://www.facebook.com/rowena.nuesca.

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