Cultural Knowledge In Cordilleran Clothing

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The process of weaving and creating Cordilleran textiles and crafting weapons requires the maker to have cultural knowledge of the different ethnic groups and their respective traditions. It is important that the person is aware of the prevailing cultural values that the Igorot people relate with their forms of clothing and adornments. To provide examples, in the Kalinga, the creation of textiles are unique in for the use of seashells woven onto the cloth; as with the Bontoc in Mountain Province, the people fancy weaving large white stripes in the middle of their cloth (Juralbal 2016). These examples provide the distinction of the preferences within each of the groups in the Cordillera region; and contain the specific cultural knowledge…show more content…
The producers make the outfits based on what they initially see the Cordilleran people wear, most of the time without proper instruction and research on the purpose and function of their garments. The additional factor of gaining profit from the easier mode of recreation and distribution blinds the makers into focusing themselves into the production process, ignoring the appreciation and respect for their traditional clothing. In an interview that we had with one of the vendors of Igorot attire rentals in Baguio Botanical Garden, she (2016) said that she had no idea of what the proper way of dressing the clothes would be and the definitions of the processes of ornamentation used among each of the garments, and added that she has worked all this time without knowing the significance of the attires. Her statement is a clear example of the effect of lack of cultural knowledge in the production of traditionally rooted artifacts and adornments and the conversion to capitalist consumerism. The ignorance of the values, beliefs, and practices embedded within Cordilleran forms of clothing promote degradation and disrespect for the rich and diverse tradition that they are continuously preserving up until…show more content…
The consumption patterns of both the tourists and the vendors are becoming more and more globalized. The effect of globalization which the tourists and the vendors utilize and consume the physical texts lead to the plurality of roles, signification functions, and interpretation in each adornments and artifacts. The vendors consume the texts in a way to cater for the expectations of the tourists in Baguio City and communicate their sense of pride for being a part of the indigenous groups in the Cordilleras. Meanwhile, the tourists consume these texts for them to form a sense of identification and a sense of belongingness, or to gain cultural knowledge. The diversity of the consumption behaviors then leads to multiple interpretations with regards to the utilization and significations of the texts patterns, styles, and meaning in one’s community and

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