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Life Is But a Weaving

“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:

easterweaving

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.

Easter Weaving in Benguet

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.

Looms of Benguet

 Address: No. 2 Easter Road Guisad, Baguio City, 2600 Benguet  Contact No.: (074) 442 4972 Website: http://www.easterweaving.com/

Address: No. 2 Easter Road Guisad, Baguio City, 2600 Benguet
Contact No.: (074) 442 4972
Website: http://www.easterweaving.com/

 *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)

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