Available in various styles, colors, sizes, and shapes, this handwoven work of art is versatile for both aesthetic and functional purposes. Although the banig mat is traditionally used for sleeping or sitting on, it can be used in a number of ways.
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I watch as ate Arlene slips dyed buri strips into the eye of a long, flat needle – pahot, the Waray call it – then pushes it into a sliver of space in the banig mat, where the weft and warp overlap. It takes a bit of force to get it under; for a second, I fear that the tikog leaves will break and rupture.