Mrs. MM and I were at the “Maarte Fair” at the Rockwell tent over the weekend, and I was thrilled to find so many beautifully made local products. The fair, arranged by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines was a charitable event, and part of the proceeds of all sales were given to the sponsors… so one had to spend to help. Gotta like that once in a while at least… I managed to find several small ceramic bowls and this wonderful woven table runner from Balay ni Atong, which is a native Ilocano weaving process called inabel.
We got another of their table runners before last Christmas, here, and loved it, so acquiring this one, in what appears to be a really modern pattern, but is in fact a very traditional pattern that is just magnified several times, was a no brainer. It was more expensive at this fair, but that’s the cost of funding a worthy cause.
The pattern on this one is somewhat mesmerizing, or is it hypnotizing? It appears to move when your eye wanders over it, but I think once several platters of food are laid on top, it doesn’t risk distracting from the food… It’s bazaar or fair season coming up in full force, and I hope more and more folks focus on locally sourced materials and products like this one.
Curious? For more information, visit Balay ni Atong’s website, here.