“The best things are still made by hands.” This is what more than 100 years of Easter Weaving’s heritage proves and reminds us as it lives on to weave more quality woven products featuring the Cordillera way of life and patterns that reflect ours.
For this feature, let me first share with you the meaningful tapestry poem by Corrie ten Boom* that eloquently uses “weaving” as a metaphor for life:
“Life Is But a Weaving”
My life is but a weaving Between my God and me. I cannot choose the colors He weaveth steadily.
Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow; And I in foolish pride Forget He sees the upper And I the underside.
Not ’til the loom is silent And the shuttles cease to fly Will God unroll the canvas And reveal the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful In the weaver’s skillful hand As the threads of gold and silver In the pattern He has planned
He knows, He loves, He cares; Nothing this truth can dim. He gives the very best to those Who leave the choice to Him.
The Easter Weaving in Benguet
According to the note posted on the door of the Weaving Room, Easter Weaving was founded in 1908 and is owned and managed by the Philippine Episcopal Church. It promotes not only the crafts made by Igorot hands, but also the actual process of cloth weaving as practiced by Cordillerans for years. Expert hand weavers, whose patterns illustrate the culture and tradition of all the provinces of the Cordillera region, create all these amazing weaves.
*Cornelia “Corrie” ten Boom (15 April 1892 – 15 April 1983) was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. She was imprisoned for her actions. Her most famous book, The Hiding Place, describes the ordeal. (Sources: GoodReads and Wikipedia)