Finally, my own Abel Iloco blanket and table cover! They arrived last Friday.
I saw these being sold at Multiply and I instantly fell in love with the design and quality of the fabric. And who wouldn’t be?
Abel-weaving is one of the few surviving traditional crafts in Vigan. Historically, the high demand for the famous handwoven abel Iloco nearly killed the Spanish weaving industry during the galleon trade era. At least three (3) barangays in the city still have abel-weavers, best-known of which is Barangay Camangaan as it produces much of the local abel products available in Vigan’s souvenir shops located along the Crisologo Street and the Vigan Public Market. The other two (2) barangays with abel-weavers are Mindoro and San Pedro. (source: official website of the Vigan City Government).
I bought the trambia design in white, and I just love the details, highlighted below:
Seeing how beautiful and clean the craftmanship of the blanket was, I am thinking of ordering more from Peach and Pink (the wonderful seller of these abel iloco hand-woven items) to give as gifts to friends and relatives this coming Christmas. I’d love to share with them the beauty of abel iloco fabrics, and I think doing so would also help in keeping the traditional weaving industry in the North alive.