About the book:
Rara is the art and tradition of weaving mats; rara buri is how the Ati of Marikudo, Isabela, Negros Occidental, will call the weaving of buri palm mats. Darara is the large mat for rice grains that was rara-om or woven by a Marano expert pararara, tartar or mat weaver. The Tagbanuwa of Adorlan, Palawan, will say “rara it ikamen,” while the Ilocano from Bangui Peninsula will say “agrara ti ikamen” to refer to weaving pandan mats. A Capiznon from Dumalag takes pride in their rara or the weaving of banban with traditional patterns.
Banig or mats are the end products of rara, a process of creative and artistic manipulation which makes use of long strips of palm, leaf, vine, and eve branches that are combined to make the mats supple, durable, and easy to use.
Publisher: HABI: The Philippine Textile Council, Inc.
Publication Date: 2016
About the author:
Elmer I. Nochesda was born on a mat. He is a native of Pateros, Metro Manila, and still lives there with his wife Naomi, and their three children, Obed Pocholo, Ina Patrixia, and Ina Pamela. He studies economics at the Ateneo de Manila, and then proceeded to the University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, for his master’s degree, also in economics. He considers himself a certified hoarder. In spite of being afflicted with early onset Parkinson’s disease, he was able to wrote the award-winning seminal book “Palaspas: An Appreciation of Palm Leaf Art in the Philippines” (2010, Ateneo de Manila University Press), “Pateros” (2013, Pateros Kong Mahal Foundation), and this present volume.