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The International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) in collaboration with In-Hand Abra Foundation, CODE-NGO, and the Department of Trade and Industry had sponsored a loom weaving training for the Cordillera using bamboo yarn in 2009. An Indian textile designer served as the trainer then. There were two weavers from Abra who participated in the training.
This effort has borne fruit lately.
In order to push the promotion of the bamboo development in Abra, In-Hand Abra Foundation set up a loom weaving workshop in the province.
The traditional two-pedal looms were modified to 4–8 pedal looms to cater to new contemporary designs, weave patterns, techniques, and wider width.
A natural dye facility was likewise established in order to standardize the color schemes and dye sources that utilized indigenous resources, technology, and know-how. Moreover, indigenous and ethnic designs were embroidered on bamboo blouses and shirts depicting Abra’s distinct culture and arts.
Since then, naturally dyed bamboo yarn had been hand woven in Abra as fabric or shawl or stole. The fabric is sewn into ladies’ blouses and men’s shirts.
The bamboo clothing is known worldwide because of its superior qualities. Bamboo is organic as it is often grown without pesticides or fertilizers.
Because of the organic and natural properties of bamboo, the bamboo cloth is hypoallergenic and is non-irritating which is just perfect for extra sensitive skin. The bamboo is soft and so is the bamboo cloth which is absorbent and breathable.
The bamboo cloth absorbs up to 60 percent more water than cotton, making it an excellent choice for making towels and bathrobes. The porous nature of the fiber makes it breathable and distinctly comfortable to the skin. The bamboo cloth is also thermo-regulating since the bamboo fibers expand when warm to let the skin breathe, and contract when cool to trap heat close to the body.
In terms of environmental concerns, the bamboo cloth production is eco-friendly and sustainable.
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