Tutup Family

Here at the Pakaradjaan 2018 #BasilanVillage, the “tutup family” are creating colorful tutups (food covering) made out of dried and dyed silal leaves. The grandmother, aunt and grandchildren craft and recycle materials to make decorative products and the making of the unique-designed tutups have become a family tradition. The members form a circle assembly line and each is assigned a certain task to do. As it passes hands, the tutup is formed and the final product is passed on to the grandmother who finishes it and is quality controlled. Each piece is a labor of familial love and no design is the same.

Labina Taboggah (grandmother) has passed on the tradition of tutup making to her grandchildren Omar Dallung, Mariam Dallung who are Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in their community in Barangay Cabangalan, Municipality of Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan. 4Ps under DSWD-ARMM, continues to assist marginalised families in the 5 regions of the ARMM.

The #BasilanVillage also showcases two (2) NCCA National Living Treasures – legendary Tennun Expert Weaver, Ambalang Ausalin and Musician, Uwang Ahadas. Available for purchase at the Panggung stalls of the village are other traditional Yakan products and crafts.

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