Magdalena Gamayo: Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan

By | August 13, 2018

Magdalena Gamayo: Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan


Magdalena Gamayo, Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan, was born on August 13,1924.


Magdalena Gamayo of Pinili, Ilocos Norte, for more than seven (7) decades,
her eyes have dimmed, but she is still considered the most distinguished
weaver today.

magdalena gamayo

Magdalena Gamayo | Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan | Image Credit | NCCA


As a result, she was awarded the 2012 Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA).


Madalena was sixteen (16) when she started studying how to knit with the help                    of his aunt. She did not formally study the subject of this traditional art. Instead,                she just observed her aunts and even mimicking the patterns made. Her father              bought her an abel on her 19th birthday and she used this for 30 years.


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 that are sourced from the
many lands in northern Luzon that are dedicated to the growing of this plant. 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. Weavers must master synchronizing
the movements of their hands and feet to properly use the wooden handloom.


Magdalena became a master in her craft.


Maligayang Kaarawan, Manlilikha ng Bayan Magdalena “Nana Daleng” Gamayo!

Mahigit pitóng dekada nang naghahabi ng tela si Magdaléna Gamáyo ng Pinili, Ilocos Norte, nanlalabo na ang kaniyang paningin, ngunit itinuturing pa rin siyáng pinakanatatanging manghahabi sa abel ngayon. Dahil dito, ibinigay sa kaniya nitóng 2012 ang Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA). Labing-anim na taóng gulang si Madalena nang magsimulang mag-aral maghabi sa tulong ng kaniyang tiya. Hindi siyá pormal na nag-aral ng naturang tradisyonal na sining. Sa halip, nagmasid-masid lámang siyá sa paggawa ng tiya at sakâ paggaya sa mga padron ng hábi nitó. Ibinili siyá ng kaniyang ama ng abel na gawa sa
matigas na sággat noong 19 taóng gulang siyá, at ito ang kaniyang naging habihan sa loob ng 30 taón. Naging dalubhasa si Magdalena sa mga tradisyonal na padron ng binakól, inuritan, at kusikos. Ngunit higit siyáng kahanga-hanga sa padron ng inuban nga sabong. Hinangaan ang kaniyang mga inabel dahil sa maselang mga padron at makinis na hábi. (Mula sa Sagisag Kultura ng Filipinas) Original Article here:

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