About the book:
INABEL: Philippine Textile from the Ilocos Region celebrates the weaving traditions of ‘Abel’ fabrics. This book highlights the Ilocano brand of craftsmanship, as well as the local people’s ingenuity and industriousness. It recognizes the men and women of the Ilocos communities who keep centuries-old weaving traditions alive and flourishing.
Authored by scholars and experts on Inabel, this book showcases more than eighty vibrant and colorful Ilocano handwoven textiles from past to present. It illustrates the evolution of the Inabel from the 1800s to contemporary times, highlighting the recurring traditional themes and motifs inspired by nature and man.
Publication Date: 2015
Size: 216 x 305mm
About the authors:
Al M. Valenciano earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting, from De La Salle University, Manila. Despite working as an internal auditor for a bank, his longing to pursue the arts took over, landing him on a study grant from Syracuse University, New York for a field school program in Florence, Italy. He has had one-man shows and has joined several group exhibits held in key cities of Asia, Europe, and the United States since 1991.
For the last 18 years, Al has devoted himself to the revival of the Inabel, traditional textiles of the Ilocos. He has been working closely with weavers in the Ilocos region, in full efforts to sustain the weaving tradition, empowering the weavers and their families and educating the younger generation of the Inabel tradition. He currently sits as the director of the Museo Ilocos Norte.
Regalado Trota Jose has researched and written for more than 30 years on the cultural heritage of the Philippines. In the Ilocos, he assisted in setting up archives and museums for the archdioceses of Laoag, Nueva Segovia, and San Fernando. He was also active with the Ayala Museum’s Burgos House in Vigan, and helped establish the Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag. At present, he is the archivist of the 400-year-old University of Santo Tomas, Manila, where he also teaches in its Cultural Heritage Studies Program. In 1999, Jose received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Centennial Award for the Arts for his work in art history, as one of “100 outstanding Filipinos who have helped build the Filipino nation through art and culture during the last 100 years.”
Norma A. Respicio is a Professor of Art Studies of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She specializes in Philippine Traditional Arts and Japanese Art History, particularly in textiles. She obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts, M.A. in Art History, and PhD in Philippine Studies at the University of the Philippines in Diliman.
Michael F. Manalo is an architect who specializes in conservation of the built heritage, holding a masters degree from the Escuela Nacional de Conservación, Restauración y Museografía of Mexico. Currently, he maintains a design office, but has worked with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts both on the projects level and as a member of the National Committee on Monuments and Sites. Michael also sits on the Culture Committee of the UNESCO National Commission for the Philippines and teaches with the Cultural Heritage Studies program of the University of Santo Tomas.
But for this book, Michael is an Ilocano who has spent his summers in his mom’s ancestral home, sleeping on a bed of wood and solihiya, with a woven mosquitero above his head and a burbor blanket to keep him warm.
Joan Hannah Parado-Cunanan, having Ilocano parents, is a true G.I. She grew up with her burbor, which was a gift from her grandmother. While schooling in Manila, she spent summers in Ilocos and tagged along to the farm during harvest season. It was during these summers she had her firsthand experience spreading a newly starched banderado blanket in a kubo by the fields.
She earned a degree in BA Art Studies and a Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. She has worked with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-Heritage Sites Unit, where she was responsible for projects on the conservation of the four Baroque Churches declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. She has also been involved in the conceptualization, research, content, and design direction in a number of publications. She assisted in the research and formation of Gameng Museo Ilocos Norte, where she currently serves as the curatorial consultant. She is also a partner in a graphic design and printing agency.
Rene E. Guatlo is a freelance writer based in Manila and his home province of Ilocos Norte in Northwest Luzon. He writes features on art, food, travel, and culture, and contributes to the lifestyle sections of national broadsheets and magazines. He edited HABI: A Journey Through Philippine Handwoven Textiles (2014) and A Difference Made (2013) and wrote the introduction to BenCab Glimpses (2010).