T'nalak, a deep brown abaca-based cloth tie-dyed with intricate designs, is produced by women of Mindanao's T'boli Tribe. It is one of the best known cultural products of the Philippines.
T'nalak production is a labour intensive process requiring a knowledge of a range of skills learned from a young age by the women of the tribe. Natural vegetable dyes produced by the T'boli weavers themselves are used to stain these hand spun abaca fibers. The T'nalak is then woven, usually in tones of red, brown and black, with the end product requiring months of work to produce a single, unique weaving.
It is known that the designs and patterns are coming from the dreams of the weavers, hence the name 'T'nalak dreamweavers'. In Habi Home, we showcase these beautiful traditional textiles by incorporating them with modern products for everyday use.