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
ACL White
ACL White
ACL Traditional
ACL Traditional
ACL Faux
ACL Faux
ACL Indigo Dyed
ACL Indigo Dyed
Red Tnalak
Red Tnalak
Green Tnalak
Green Tnalak
Gray Tnalak
Gray Tnalak
Brown Tnalak
Brown Tnalak
Blue Tnalak
Blue Tnalak
T'nalak Stripes Designs
B.Y.O.P.
B.Y.O.P.
Y.O.
Y.O.
Y.B.W.B.
Y.B.W.B.
B.W.
B.W.
B.O.Y.S
B.O.Y.S
B.Y.O.P.
B.Y.O.P.
T'nalak Plain Designs
Pink
Pink
Brown
Brown
Red Orange
Red Orange
Beige
Beige
Apple Green
Apple Green
Light Brown
Light Brown
Orange
Orange
Black and Natural
Black and Natural
Black
Black
Off-white
Off-white
Traditional Tnalak Designs
Malong
Bedsobo
Bedsobo
Dounbasagsenfeyon
Dounbasagsenfeyon
Dounblata
Dounblata
Tofiogow
Tofiogow
Ketumbenungel
Ketumbenungel
Bedbwengkel
Bedbwengkel
Ketumbe
Ketumbe
Bedhelasa
Bedhelasa
Betekheyongi
Betekheyongi
Gondongsenkulu
Gondongsenkulu
Senigolnosol
Senigolnosol
Mbagaklagan
Mbagaklagan
Bedhenda
Bedhenda
Gondongtahu
Gondongtahu
Beteklemnek
Beteklemnek
Bulinglongit
Bulinglongit
Gondongbong
Gondongbong
Bedligo
Bedligo
Banggala
Banggala
Betekkyol
Betekkyol
Bedsewel
Bedsewel
Mbagadun
Mbagadun
Bednbung
Bednbung
Mbagahlosok
Mbagahlosok
Bedkekem
Bedkekem
Slion
Slion
Bangkdinc
Bangkdinc
Tofiheyon
Tofiheyon
Bedhenda
Bedhenda
Tdanansowu
Tdanansowu
 

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

Malong
Malong

Malong Designs
Malong 3_edited
Malong 3_edited