LINAMON, Lanao del Norte. Through the Provincial Tourism Office, in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry, 40 weavers from the Municipalities of Maigo, Poona Piagapo, and Munai have undergone Inaul Training Cum Production held at Villa Lacida Function Hall, Linamon, on November 4-5, 2021.
This activity aims to preserve the handloom weaving tradition in the province, increase the production and sales of local weaving, and develop the skills and capabilities of local weavers to promote the rich Maranao culture.
Inaul, literally meaning woven, is a handmade fabric with designs handed down from generation to generation. It was originally done to make ‘Malong’ and wrap skirts used traditionally by women and men and is presently used for dresses, gowns, decors, shoes, bags, etc., appealing to domestic and international clients.
The DTI also invited Salika Maguindanao and Jardin Samad from Maranao Colelctibles in Marawi to be the resource persons in the training to teach the participants how to produce or develop new handicrafts out of the woven fabric such as bags, wallets, masks, pouch, and etc.
“This is our way of supporting our local weavers for them to have a sustainable livelihood and to restore the Maranao weaving culture. Despite the pandemic, we want to make weaving and earning money from it appealing for them,” Alerma Yurong, the Provincial Tourism Officer, said. PIO-LDN