Many associate palm weaving with a religious holiday such as Palm Sunday during the Easter season. This workshop will share the ways palm weaving was used in the so-called Philippines prior to Christian colonization. In ancient times and to this day, palm weaving is used to create items for special gatherings to daily living. Some weaving designs range from household goods, hats, mats, cooking ware, baskets, fiesta decor and more. This workshop will teach folks how to make their own palm weaving creations, and hopes to inspire a connection to their ancestors and ancestral art practices.
Several other cultures also utilize palm weaving. This art form is transcendent across oceans and borders. People of all cultural backgrounds are invited to learn with us. No knowledge or experience is needed, only the ability to work with your hands. Just like the popularity of Japanese culture’s art of origami, we hope to share palm weaving as something fun, valuable and distinct from Philippine culture.