When one of the local weavers told me that the cave sometimes caused cameras to malfunction, making photos blurry or completely erasing shots, I was skeptical.
The Yakan Weavers of Basilan
If there was a place that I never thought I would get to visit, it would be Basilan. And yet I have been there twice now. Both times, I arrived with trepidation – never have I feared a place so much to lose sleep in the days leading up to my departure (at a certain…
Working with Weavers
A few months ago, I visited Basey, which was one of the towns affected by Yolanda. It was there that I met the weavers (mostly mothers) who make the famous banig bags of Samar. John, who’s been working with them in the past months, wrote in an email: Twenty years ago, Saob Cave in Basey, Samar,…
Photo of the Week: Wonder Weavers of Basey
A month ago, I was in Basey, Samar, where weaving is a primary source of income for a lot of women. In this photograph is a woman cutting pieces of cloth which will serve as lining for a banig bag. The weavers make all kinds of wonderful things – bags, wallets, laptop sleeves, and mats – out of a plant called…