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T'boli Textile - T'nalak, Senkulu
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This handwoven abaca textile is one of the remnants of those early types of textile with an ikat pattern that are considered the earliest textiles in Southeast Asia. The process of producing the t'nalak requires great labor and workmanship from the dying process until the fiber is executed by the weaver in her loom and the patterns and motifs are transformed into finished strips of abaca which can be created into a lower or upper garment. The design elements (heads) of this pattern are set against or opposite each other. The high quality of the produced textile, determined by the register of the colors, the evenness of the tension of the resultant wear, and the suppleness contribute to its masterliness.

History of the Object
Tha black and red textile was woven by a Yab Man of Datalbong in the 20th century. It was donated to the National Museum. A special commemorative work, the Dreamweavers, present this t'nalak cloth among its 100 pieces. In 2001, it was exhibited with 99 other t'nalaks in the exhibition: Mga Hinabing Panaginip at the National Museum. At present, this is stored in the Anthropology Storage Facility at the Museum of the Filipino People.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Abaca 
Measurements
Width 421.0 cm Length 58.0 cm  
Creator name
Yab Man of Datalbong, T'boli 
Creator date
20th century 
Where it was made
Philippines; Mindanao; South Cotabato; Lake Sebu; T'boli 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th century 
Function
Clothing 
Acquisition
Mr. Lory Tan, President and CEO, WWF-Philippines (WWF) donated this piece with other t'nalak specimens included in the Dreamweavers Book. He commissioned some weavers from South Cotabato to do 100 pieces of t'nalak for his book so that he will be able to study their skills and techniques. The finished textiles were exhibited in the National museum and were later donated to the National Museum. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
National Museum 
Museum
National Museum of the Philippines 
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