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THE WEAVERS

One Weave, One Dream proudly works with a number of talented weavers and artisans that help in the production of the t’nalak.

 

Barbara Ofung

Age and Birthday: Age 54 (born on May 5, 1957)
Status: Married with 2 children, a girl and a boy

Barbara began weaving at age 15 through her older sister Ida, who handed down the tradition before she passed away. Today, Barbara knows over 25 t’nalak patterns including some personal designs. Some of these patterns include the “Bang Gala,” “Ye Kumu” and “Gemayaw Logi.”

Barbara’s dream is to build a bigger long house where she can take more students and teach the younger generation how to weave the t’nalak.

 

Uyel Anggol

Age and Birthday: Age 45 (March 10, 1966)
Status: Married with three children, two girls and one boy.

Uyel learned how to weave when she was 15 years old through her mother. She currently works together with Barbara and primarily performs the task of the weaving Barbara’s designs. For her, weaving is her favorite process because she “gets excited to see the designs come out.”

Uyel’s dream is for the T’boli to continue weaving the t’nalak. She’s afraid that when her generation dies, so will her beloved tradition.

 

Mabau Ofong

Age and Birthday: Age 54 (1954)
Status:married with four children (two girls and two boys)

Mabau helps Barbara and Uyel with their t’nalak by being in charge of the dyeing process or temogo. She does not weave nor design, but enjoys dyeing the tied abaca fibers instead. She learned this process when she was 22 years old and continues to do it today.

 

 

 

Yab Man

Age and Birthday:Age 55 (1956)
Status:Married with three children (two girls and one boy)

Yab began weaving at age 15 through the help of her mother, Udoy. It took her about five years to master the art and since then she’s mastered over 50 designs from traditional and handed down patterns as well as her own. The first design she ever made is called the “Hagu Klung”, named after a musical instrument used in the T’boli warrior dance.

Yab’s dream is to have permanent buyers for her t’nalak and for the tradition to continue on.

 

 

Maria Elena Funggos Lani

Age and Birthday: Age 35 (April 10, 1976)
Status: Married with two children (one girl and one boy)

Coming from a generation of weavers, Maria Elena was taught how to make the t’nalak through her mother, Yab Man when she was 15 years old. She knows five patterns with the “Nogow Doli” being her favorite.

Maria Elena’s dream is for more people to learn how to make the t’nalak.

 

 

Jenny Man

Age and Birthday: Age 29 (March 26, 1982)
Status: Married with three children (two girls and one boy)

Jenny started weaving at age 17 through her mother-in-law, Yab Mann and it took her five years to learn the tradition. Jenny’s favorite process is the mebed or designing stage and the pattern she likes the most is the “Doun Basag”, which is inspired by the leaves of a palm tree.

Jenny’s dream is for her young children to finish school.

 

 

Anita Trulan Celajes

Age and Birthday: Age 58 (1954)
Status: Widowed with four children (two girls and two boys)

Anita was taught by her mother, Fanang, when she was 17 years old. Today, Anita knows 15 designs with the first pattern being the “Bang Kding”, which is inspired by the traditional T’boli hairstyle that has long bangs in front.

Anita’s dream is for the production of the t’nalak to continue among the weavers so that it doesn’t die.

 

 

Subi Nalon

Age and Birthday: Age 78 (1934)
Status: Widowed with four children (two girls and two boys)

Subi is one of the oldest weavers in Lake Sebu and has been weaving since she was 20 years old through her mother, Mundi. She has mastered over 50 designs including the “Hafak Benau,” which is the first design handed over to her by “Fu Dalu” when she was 21 years old.

Subi’s dream is for the tradition of the t’nalak to continue and for her children to continue to weave.