The Majestic “Banig” of Basey, Samar

The Majestic “Banig” of Basey Samar

The traditional art of mat weaving continues to flourish in this old town whose name has become synonymous with woven sleeping mat, or “banig.”

And the practice of this ancient art, which has been handed down from one generation to the next, recently took a new turn as demand for the product increases.

This is because use of the banig has expanded. Where once the age-old mat was used solely for sleeping, it now adorns modern walls or ceiling panels. It has been turned into bags, throw pillows, framed decors, as well as place mats and furniture matting.

The people in Basey had been weaving mats long before the Spaniards came, it was said. The tradition went on with almost all, if not all, of the womenfolk here learning the art of weaving at an early age. The weavers are locally known as “paraglara.”

With many people in Basey engaged in mat weaving, it came as no surprise that there is now a scarcity of the raw material. Some of the weavers or the “paraglara” have to procure tikog from some Leyte towns like Mayorga, Abuyog, MacArthur and Sta. Fe, among others, to augment the supply that they acquire locally.

The Department of Tourism is also very supportive of the banig industry of Basey. Tourists are encouraged to visit the Adona showroom and workroom, for them to see that the traditional art of mat weaving is still very much alive–and expanding–in the old town of Basey.

Photos (photography) by: Robi~Jiz


23 thoughts on “The Majestic “Banig” of Basey, Samar

  1. There’s no some examples of my Assignmment here…I got 1,000 years afer i got i on another accounts…I felt sleepy now! and afer 1,000 years i have a verry big eye-bugs hehehehe… =D O.M.G. my eye-bugs is so verry big like a moon…!

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  4. I love looking as how these Banigs are made and sold. Anyway, how could I buy one of these? Without me going personally to Samar, ofcourse. Damo nga salamat!!

  5. i love the color of banigs.. may i know the contact no. so that i can made to order various kind of banig.. thanks

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