Textures: Vigan’s Abel Iloko

After touring Villa Angela and Arce Mansion, we took a tricycle to the city’s loom weaving zone. Sadly, most members of Generation Z do not appreciate the beauty of weaving an abel fabric,  to say the least, but through the sustainable efforts of the private sector, the Ilocos Sur and Vigan governments and heritage conservation groups, we hope the dying tradition will be around much longer, if not forever.

An 86-year old loom weaver who started weaving 76 years ago.

In the olden days, the process of making cotton yarn for inabel was done by the agagabel (abel-maker) herself. Today, due to time and cost constraints, the abel-makers prefer cheaper commercial threads, but are not thick enough so that the agagabel has to bind 24 strands of the commercial thread, and then coil it into a ball in preparation for the actual weaving process.

Weaving on a loom.

Besides blankets, table runners, bathrobes, etc., Cristy’s Loom Weaving crafts colorful bags in different styles. Alexa fancied a sling bag and also got a tote for her nanny and a make-up bag our cook.

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