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COMPLEMENTARY designs of a B’laan woman’s shirt and a T’boli woman’s tubular skirt: Woven cloth carries the cultural life of a community and could even serve very personal purposes similar to talismans and amulets like ward off evil, attract good fortune or assure an abundant harvest. Textile designs are also visual representations of an indigenous group’s ideals of beauty and order, as well as belief systems.

T'nalakn is sacred cloth made from Abaca. the T'boli women who make them are called Dreamweavers. The T'boli tribe is from South Cotabato, Philippines

The Dabakan is a single-headed Philippine drum, primarily used as a supportive instrument in the kulintang ensemble. Among the five main kulintang instruments, it is the only non-gong element of the Maguindanao ensemble. Click the image to read more.

Bracelet or Armband | Late 19th–early 20th century | Metropolitan Museum of Art believes this could be from the Philippines | Teeth, fiber

Cameo fragment with Jupiter astride an eagle, 1st century B.C.–1st century A.D. Roman (or possibly Late Hellenistic) Sardonyx

Mandaya of Eastern Mindanao. Personally, I have little idea of this tribe and as far as I recall, I have not performed any of their dances. According to one memoir, the Mandaya is "probably the greatest and best tribe in Eastern Mindanao". Dagmay, an abaca handwoven cloth with intricate designs revolving around man and crocodile, is one of the most popular material culture.