T’nalak, also known as the fabric of woven dreams, requires effort, talent, skill, and gift before it can be created.
In the mountains of Lake Sebu are the T’boli tribe who work together to create this priceless fabric.
The best abaca should be harvested at a specific time of day to prepare for the weaving. On the first picture is dreamweaver, Liway, smiling after a good one-hour hike to the mountains to collect the best abaca trunk for the fibers she would need for weaving.
The weavers require peace and quiet to translate their dreams in each strand and design for their fabric.
Before the fabric is ready, it goes through a tedious process of dying and pounding, and “ironing.”
On the last pictures are the T’boli men ironing the fabric using a conch shell to bring out the luster and shine of the fabric.