Handloom Weaving Training Center

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An Act to establish a handloom weaving training center for natural and synthetic fibers in the municipality of Minalabac, Province of Camarines Sur.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

Weaving was originally used, with the aid of a loom to make cloth. And it has since been applied to the making of matting and braids. Special looms were also designed for tapestry weaving, and end products of which are very expensive items.

With patience and skill, exquisite fabrics could be spun and woven through handloom equipment, using natural fibers. With the availability of threads and yarns from synthetic fibers, looms have also been used with synthetic fiber materials, with remarkable success.

Because handloom weaving has very great economic potential which has been tested for countless years, its promotion as a livelihood project for our rural folk must perforce receive continuing government encouragement.

Hand loomed products have also become works of art to the extent that they reflect traditional cultural patterns and native ingenuity. Some outputs of hand loomed artistry have even become collectors’ items.

In many parts of the country, handloom weaving is very prevalent, although they remain crude. With proper government assistance through the establishment of handloom weaving training centers, the art and trade of handloom weaving could be made more efficient through the introduction of new methods and techniques. Our country could also learn from the practices of other countries in the Asia-Pacific Region and from Europe. In North America, the art of handloom weaving is reportedly being revived.

The market of hand loomed products continues to expand and grow as interest is renewed on indigenous patterns as well as more modern ones.

As an economic undertaking and art medium, handloom weaving could spread. Productivity could, however, be improved only through sustained training programs, where more efficient and practical methods in the use of materials, designs and weaving techniques are applied. While we may have evolved our own native approaches to weaving, we certainly could upgrade our skills from studying the experiences of other countries and this could be done if we establish appropriate training centers in various parts of the country, where weaving is already part of the inherent inclinations of people as evidenced by the existence of weaving as a business and trade.

This bill seeks therefore to create, with national government assistance, a Handloom Weaving Training Center in the Municipality of Minalabac, Province of Camarines Sur.

Early approval of this bill, which hopes to stimulate livelihood activities as an element of our economic recovery program, is most earnestly urged.

LUIS RAYMUND F. VILLAFUERTE, JR.