La Libertad Weaver’s Association (LALIWA) links craftsman in the field of weaving from La Libertad und Guihulngan, two neighbour cities in the island of Negros, Philippines. These craftsman are working with local materials out of their environment, which they mainly also grow by themselves. These are for example the leaves of the Pandanus-plant, which has the shape of a sword. Strips of these leaves are weaved to mats, pockets and baskets. Another typical material is abaca, its long hard fibres are used to weave ropes. These ropes can also be processed to baskets, pockets and many other products.
The Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TLMPC) weaves products out of various natural fibres (Abaca, Raphia, Coconut, Cotton). The members in the cooperative weave together in one production place and take care about the raw materials as producer or supplier. This cooperative is located at the community of Tubigon at the island of Bohol, Philippines. Traditional patterns are produced depending on individual requires of colour and size. The main material is Raphia, a species of palm tree. The dried leaves and fibres are processed to long textile roles used to sell further or directely to weave crafts out of them.
All realized in cooperation with the DAAD and the AFOS Foundation for the travelling exhibition “CRAFT ACT. Philippine design in transition”