Hablon's New Age

8/09/2015 Randomly Candid 0 Comments

A young hablon weaver patiently puts every thread
together to form an intricate design.
MORE than its world-renowned church, undying pottery industry and beautiful natural sceneries, the town of Miag-ao in the Southern part of Iloilo province also boasts its hand loom weaving tradition of hablon fabric.
The people of Miag-ao were able to preserve the
traditional way of weaving hablon
Coined from the word "habol" which means "to weave", the tradition of hablon weaving has come to its new age as it still lives among the people of Miag-ao even at present, surviving the challenges of time as it is passed from generation to generation.

I also tried weaving hablon and I can attest that it is indeed
one very intricate art/
In order to boost its hablon industry, Miag-ao will be holding the "2nd Hablon Festival" which will showcase the modernity of the traditional cloth. It will also mark as the rebirth of the town's unforgotten industry as it is seen to put the name of Miag-ao as the home of hablon where it started in the late 18th century.
Hablon fabric
Coin purses made of hablon
The "2nd Hablon Festival" which is slated on September 3-6, is Miag-ao's way of honoring grandeur and fame of the classic fabric. The said festival will feature various activities such as exhibits, fashion shows, trade fairs, and parade, among others.

The candidates of Little Miss Hablon with the local officials of Miag-ao
led by Mayor Macario Napulan (denter)
It will be also highlighted by Little Miss Hablon wherein 16 charming little ladies representing their respective LGUs compete in a beauty pageant that will put hablon on the centerstage.

As hablon's revival also signals its renaissance. Little by little, the heritage of this traditional fabric comes back to life as local designers like Miag-ao native, Nono Palmos who continuously promote the fabric in his creations, making it known to the whole country and even abroad as Iloilo's heritage fabric.
Classy filipiniana gown made of hablon
A modern barong made of hablon
Other Ilonggo designers also help boost hablon weaving industry by promoting the said fabric in the local fashion scene. They even make it as the highlight of the Iloilo Designers' Week as they use it for their Gala Night creations.

Ilonggo designers show their support for Miag-ao's hablon industry
as they pose in front of Sto. Tomas de Villanueva church
wearing hablon shawls.
Indeed, hablon is one tradition that Ilonggos should carry and pass on to the generations to come. More than a heritage, it is one intricate local product which portrays Ilonggos' patience, perseverance, and artistry.


Connie's Hablon
Indag-an, Miag-ao, Iloilo
(033) 513-7292

Imees Hablon
Indag-an, Miag-ao, Iloilo
(033) 315-9537

Indag-an Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Indag-an, Miag-ao, Iloilo
(033) 315-9722

Natinga's Hablon
Bugtong Naulid, Miag-ao, Iloilo

Valencia Hablon Center
Valencia, Miag-ao, Iloilo
(033) 315-3005

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