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Random bits of my life

Janeth Hanapi, Master Weaver from the Philippines

Posted by Avital Pinnick on August 27, 2013

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One of the reasons I keep going back to Khutsot haYotser is because it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk to artists from other countries. I love wandering around and asking artists about their work. Janeth Hanapi is a master weaver of tipo (also known as banig), mats woven from the leaves of the pandanus plant. She is a member of the Jama Mapun (“people of Mapun”). Mapun is a municipality in the province of Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines. She received recognition for her work by the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts in 2012. She speaks some English but she was busy weaving most of the time.

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Pandan leaves are harvested from wild plants. Only the young leaves are used, so that the plant can recover. They are cut into thin strips, dyed, and dried. The tipo mats are used for ceremonial purposes and as a floor covering under a mattress. Mary (Mary Rajelyn Javier-Busmente, architect, who helped plan and coordinate the exhibit) told  me that they can last for ten years with care.

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This is the tipo that I bought.

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I wish I knew how she does those colour changes on the diagonal! It would be really cool to weave strips of paper using this technique.

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