Native goods make for collectibles that are conversation-starters, and they’re always functional.
In Bicol, abaca (a plant from the banana family) is a primary fiber source for handicraft-making. Thanks to its superior tensile strength. The abaca industry in the region and in the entire country started and flourished with cordage materials until these were replaced by oil-based synthetic fibers in the global market. Hence, the evolution of abaca-based products that we now know as fashion bags and accessories, furniture sets, garments, and more.
Here are some producers of abaca products in Albay that you might want to know.
Forcast Industries Inc.
Product Line: Crochet and macrame bags and baskets. It supplies products for SM Kultura, Larone Crafts, and Triphill International.
Address: 183 Karangahan Blvd. Bamban, Tabaco City.
Product Line: Crochet fashion bags and hats made of abaca twine and leather handle.
Awards: Two-time Golden Shell Awards Nominee Excellence in Exports in 1998 and 2002, JCI Philippines Creative Young Entrepreneur Award, Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.
Address: Paulino’s Industrial Compound Purok 8, Lakandula Drive, Tagas Daraga, Albay
Product Line: Woven abaca bags in colored twine. Products exported to Japan and US.
Awards: 2008 Outstanding MSME Award, 2008 Outstanding OTOP MSME Partner, 2012 Outstanding MSME Partner
Adress: 165 Bagumbayan, Daraga, Albay E-mail: email@example.com
Product Line: Houseware items such as food covers and tissue holders.
Adress: Cullat, Daraga, Albay Contact No. 09057735172
Product Line: Functional office and household items with leather accent.
The Rains Handicraft
Product Line: Gift packaging, household trays and baskets, bags, and slippers.
Address: Camalig, Albay E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
More can be read about makers of abaca products in Albay in this feature article on Rappler, especially the producers of window shades, area rugs, and furniture sets for indoor and outdoor settings.
The complete list is published in Albay’s abaca catalogue. Try to request a copy at Napa Carpet Industries when you visit its showroom in Camalig, Albay. It is near Sumlang Lake, a new tourist attraction in the area.
You may contact NCI for an educational tour through these numbers 09175701830/09328111704
Where to buy these products
- Legazpi Terminal
- Cagsawa Ruins in Daraga, Albay
- Gaisano Mall