The Kalinga indigenous cultural community lives on the eastern side of the Cordillera mountain range. The Kalinga have been dubbed as the “Peacocks of the North” because of their elaborate dress, personal ornamentations, and tattoos.
The Tapis is a rectangular cloth that is worn as a wraparound skirt by Kalinga women. Woven using backstrap body-tension looms and embroidered with patterns drawn from nature, the tapis reflects the beautifully rugged mountain terrain of the Kalinga natural environment. Tapis that are accessorized with shells and mother-of-pearl platelets are particularly sought after as symbols of wealth and prestige in this landlocked region.