- Binakul Fabric
- 21” width
- Hand woven
- Hand wash
This fabric has a different take on the typical Binakul fabrics where there is a subtlety in the use of optical illusion and the geometric pattern. The dominant black pattern is accentuated by the red bands surrounding it. Closely handwoven, this fabric can be used for furniture applications.
Enjoy our unique fabric collection from the authentic makers of Inabel and Binakul; fabrics known to the Ilocos region. The colorful palette and meaningful patterns give each piece a special trademark where one fabric is one of a kind. These fabrics are considered heirloom, which reflects both history and mastered skill. Apply these fabrics as accent pieces — pillows, runners, wall art, etc. — where a space is given interest by the underlying story within these fabrics.
A brief history
The abel is the traditional woven product of Vigan and the Ilocos region. The abel cloth is known for being a strong, colorful material. The fabric is so strong and beautiful that some families have them as heirlooms that last as long as their antique furnishings. The abel is made from yarns of cotton or sagut. After the cotton is harvested, it is prepared into yarns and dyed. The different colored yarns are then arranged in a wooden handloom to create varied and unique designs. The process is intricate and labor-intensive.
Binakul is a textile pattern handwoven on a small scale in Ilocos. Also known as binakel, binakael, or binakol, binakul(meaning “twill” in Ilocano) is a variation of the abel. Binakul was popular by the end of the 19th century. Binakul can be easily recognized by its uniform, interlocked geometric patterns that result in psychedelic optical art designs, which are said to represent the waves of the sea and, among indigenous peoples of the Cordilleras, protection against malevolent spirits.
**Excerpts from: Abel Weaving — Vigan Traditional Crafts, vigan.ph; Art of the Loom: Weaving the story that is Binakul, Yuchengco Museum