Likhang T'boli

The T’boli are an indigenous cultural community who occupy the southern and southwestern mountain ranges of South Cotabato in Mindanao, Philippines. Many of the T’boli are concentrated in the area around Lake Sebu, a big and beautiful lake high in the mountains that, according to legend, was born from an act of sharing.

T'nalak
 

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The T’nalak is the traditional sacred cloth of the T’boli tribe. Made from fine abaca especially grown for this purpose, T’nalak is woven using a backstrap, body tension loom using the ikat (resist-dye) method. T’nalak designs are intricate and dazzlingly complex: remarkable feats of higher mathematics from weavers who have no advanced mathematical training. T’nalak are often described as “woven dreams,” gifts of Fu Dalu, the spirit of the abaca, with the T’boli being referred to as “dream weavers.” T’nalak has traditionally been used for clothing, wedding dowries, and gifts for special occasions, with t’nalak of the highest quality being exchanged for horses and carabaos. 

T'nalak Modern Designs
ACL Yellow
ACL Yellow
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ACL White
ACL White
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ACL Traditional
ACL Traditional
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ACL Faux
ACL Faux
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ACL Indigo Dyed
ACL Indigo Dyed
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Red Tnalak
Red Tnalak
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Green Tnalak
Green Tnalak
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Gray Tnalak
Gray Tnalak
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Brown Tnalak
Brown Tnalak
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Blue Tnalak
Blue Tnalak
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T'nalak Stripes Designs
B.Y.O.P.
B.Y.O.P.
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Y.O.
Y.O.
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Y.B.W.B.
Y.B.W.B.
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B.W.
B.W.
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B.O.Y.S
B.O.Y.S
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B.Y.O.P.
B.Y.O.P.
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T'nalak Plain Designs
Pink
Pink
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Brown
Brown
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Red Orange
Red Orange
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Beige
Beige
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Apple Green
Apple Green
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Light Brown
Light Brown
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Orange
Orange
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Black and Natural
Black and Natural
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Black
Black
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Off-white
Off-white
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Traditional Tnalak Designs
Malong
Bedsobo
Bedsobo
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Dounbasagsenfeyon
Dounbasagsenfeyon
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Dounblata
Dounblata
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Tofiogow
Tofiogow
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Ketumbenungel
Ketumbenungel
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Bedbwengkel
Bedbwengkel
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Ketumbe
Ketumbe
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Bedhelasa
Bedhelasa
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Betekheyongi
Betekheyongi
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Gondongsenkulu
Gondongsenkulu
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Senigolnosol
Senigolnosol
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Mbagaklagan
Mbagaklagan
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Bedhenda
Bedhenda
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Gondongtahu
Gondongtahu
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Beteklemnek
Beteklemnek
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Bulinglongit
Bulinglongit
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Gondongbong
Gondongbong
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Bedligo
Bedligo
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Banggala
Banggala
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Betekkyol
Betekkyol
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Bedsewel
Bedsewel
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Mbagadun
Mbagadun
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Bednbung
Bednbung
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Mbagahlosok
Mbagahlosok
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Bedkekem
Bedkekem
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Slion
Slion
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Bangkdinc
Bangkdinc
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Tofiheyon
Tofiheyon
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Bedhenda
Bedhenda
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Tdanansowu
Tdanansowu
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The Malong is a traditional cotton “tube skirt” that is considered the basic item of the traditional attire of many of the Mindanao indigenous cultural communities. Used primarily as a skirt, the malong is very versatile and can be used for various purposes: as a dress, baby sling, ceremonial sash, blanket, sleeping mat, hammock, headdress, sunshade, among many other uses. 

Malong
Malong

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Malong
Malong

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Malong Designs
Malong 3_edited
Malong 3_edited
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