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Inabel Blankets

Inabel Blankets

Handloom weaving is a process where thread that makes up the warp and weft are interwoven in an upright wooden handloom (in Ilocano, we call it "pag-ablan") by one or two weavers. Ilocano blankets or Ilocos blankets (also called inabel) are made from yarns of cotton, polyester, acrylic and rayon. The yarns are arranged in a wooden handloom to create varied and unique designs.

Two weavers work on a single wooden handloom to produce inabel blankets. The process is intricate and labor-intensive especially for trambia, brocade and overshot weaves so weavers must master synchronizing the movements of their hands and...