Ethnic dolls show Bukidnon’s ‘hinabol’ weaving tradition

By Nikka Garriga

MALAYBALAY CITY, BUKIDNON— Aside from plateaus and summits, this province is also characterized by its weaving tradition called hinabol.

Hinabol, in the local dialect, translates to weaving products like bags and place mats using mostly abaca fiber.

It is a custom practiced in the tribal communities of Bukidnon since its early years up to present, despite the advent of modernization and technology.

Established in 2005, the Bukidnon Bountry Crafts distributes handcrafted products sourced from various local and tribal communities in the province.

The Laga Ta Dolls, for instance, are inspired from the beauty pageant of the same name, derived from the binukid dialect, which means the “Women of Bukidnon”.

The pageant form part of the modern activities that are conducted in the month-long Kaamulan Festival, which is considered one of the remaining indigenous gatherings in the country that commemorates the rituals and traditions distinctive to Bukidnon.

These ethnic dolls were among those exhibited during this year’s Market Week Philippines by the Department of Trade and Industry.

Another unique item from Bukidnon is the hinabol woven textiles and mats characterized by unique color combinations and patterns.

Other popular novelty items like earrings, bags, pouches and key chains are also handmade using abaca fiber.

Get more information on Bukidnon Bounty Crafts

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