31 Aug2015


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.



  1. Khew says:

    Absolutely ingenious way of removing the monotony of what would otherwise be plain checks.

    Aug 31, 2015 | 2:43 pm


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  3. MP says:

    Beautiful! Maybe someday we will learn how best to market our handicrafts & local products and captivate buyers beyond our shores in a more sustainable manner.

    Aug 31, 2015 | 4:48 pm

  4. Betchay says:

    It is an optical illusion pattern! Ganda! :)

    Aug 31, 2015 | 9:18 pm

  5. rp says:

    that visual phenom is called the Moiré effect. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moir%C3%A9_pattern

    Aug 31, 2015 | 10:31 pm

  6. EbbaBlue says:


    Sep 1, 2015 | 2:32 am

  7. ami says:

    With the Ber months starting today, there would be more fairs across the metro. I just heard my first Christmas song on the radio this morning!

    Sep 1, 2015 | 9:17 am

  8. millet says:

    so beautiful! i love the previous one too, and i thought it was a yakan weave

    Sep 1, 2015 | 9:22 am

  9. LizCuy says:

    I was there Saturday morning to check on my sister’s booth. I eventually went around and spent time at the Balay ni Atong booth. His products are beautiful and tastefully done; and it is really interesting talking to him, too! The Maarte Fair has select vendors, and I like that it benefits the MFP.

    Sep 1, 2015 | 6:29 pm

  10. cherryoyvr says:

    Great find! Is it washable MM? I love Philippine handicrafts but think twice about purchasing when I think about how good it stands up to maintenance.

    Sep 12, 2015 | 9:47 am

  11. Gina says:

    I also had the same question as cherryoyvr: is it machine washable?

    Sep 13, 2015 | 2:11 pm

  12. udo gangl says:

    These kind of textiles were traditionally made by the Bontoc and called “binakol (owes)”. Simply put that word into google search – pictures and you will see various types. There is also a very good book about Philippine (tribal) textiles “sinaunang habi by Marian Pastor-Roces about Philippine Ancestral weaves; 1991”

    Unfortunately the website is a bit hard to manage and doesn´t work propery (for me) as i would love to buy a bunch of these tablerunners and else for my shop…

    Sep 10, 2016 | 7:38 pm


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