March 12, 2008

Now installing: Indigenous Philippine Art

Posted by: Rebecca (Durkin) Whitham

The Burke exhibitions crew is right now installing some gorgeous Philippine textiles and jewelry in the New Acquisitions case in the Pacific Voices gallery.

The showcased collection features colorful and unusual beadwork, brass work, and ikat weavings representing the indigenous folk art of the T’boli and Yakan peoples of the Philippines. Seen above is a T'boli woman's embroidered shirt.

Here is a close up of the geometric patterns on a tubular skirt known as a pinantupan, made by the Yakan from Basilan Island.

Click on the two object photos to find out more about them through their collections records in our online database. Or come see the real thing now through August.

- Rebecca

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

what nice fabrics! the designs are unique and very harmonious!

Anonymous said...

My god the textiles are fabulous and when you see pics of the Philippines they wear western dress!
Such a shame to deny such rich heritage.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for appreciating our very rich culture. We are not ashamed of our rich heritage.
But these fabulous textiles are hand made and they are very expensive. Like the silk kimonos of Japan. That is why we Filipinos are wearing like the Western dress.

We usually wear them for our special occasions and events.

Anonymous said...

Being from the Philippines, seeing these wonderful works by Filipinos make me proud. However, it's a shame that some Filipino people are not appreciating th Philippine Arts for what they are.

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