Weavers here are challenged to come up with quality products using fabrics dyed from indigenous plants.
The Department of Science and Technology – Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST – CAR), in partnership with DOST – Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI), the provincial government, and the Bauko municipal government conducted a five-day training on extraction and application of natural dyes and dyeing of indigenous fibers to 25 weavers too help equip weavers in the province with knowledge and techniques on the extraction of dyes from indigenous plant sources and its application to fibers or fabrics to come up with quality products.
Engr. Adela H. Montalvo of DOST-PTRI lectured on the extraction of natural dyes using locally grown plants in the province and their application, and dyeing of indigenous fibers. Demonstrations and hands-on training on extraction of natural dyes and dyeing of cotton yarn were alsoconducted.
Natural dyes were extracted using sunflower leaves, bugnay fruits, jack fruit leaves, mango leaves, guava leaves, red mayana, buko husk, and turmeric, related Minirva Dep-et of the Provincial Science and Technology Center.
The participants were divided into four groups for the hands-on training on extraction of natural dyes. Each group extracted two kinds of plants which they used in dyeing cotton yarn. Trainees were also taught how to dye t-shirts with design.
Participants are representatives of the Bauko Sewers Association, Inabe Livelihood Group Inc. (ILGI), Guinzadan Man-abe Organization, Guinzadan Weaving, Technology and Livelihood Education teacher of Junior high school and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) teacher of Senior high school of the Guinzadan National High School, and Tadian Municipal Weavers Organization.
The training is in line with the programs of the provincial government and the Bauko municipal government to develop and strengthen the capabilities of the people to become productive labor force in their quest to reduce poverty incidence. This endeavor is also in support to tourism promotions of the government.(JDP/JBS – PIA CAR, Mt. Province)