T'Boli

The first time I heard about the T'boli was through a dance. I remember wearing their traditional garments and was in awe of the intricacy of the beadwork and embroidery of which they are known for.

The T'boli live on the island of Mindanao, in the highlands around Lake Sebu. Despite the pressures of modernization, the T'boli maintain their traditional way of life. They are also well known for their "dream" woven fabrics and beautiful brass ornaments.

T'boli culture is inspired by nature: their dances reflect the movement of forest animals, their music imitates their sounds, their cloth is woven in patterns that their ancestors share with them in their dreams. The T'boli believe that everything and everyone has a spirit that must be respected (or else, malevolence and chaos ensues.)

I remember the first time I went to Lake Sebu, the ancestral domain of the T'boli - it was like a fairy tale wherein everything just fell into place and it felt like something that was meant to be. It was through the T'boli that I made my first samples. 

As they weave through their dreams, Filip + Inna takes pride in working with the wonderful and gracious T'boli artisans.