The padijit was one of three types of Ivatan necklaces. It was sometimes long enough to be worn around the waist.
The Ivatan traded lard, in exchange for gold from the Ilocos, to create the padijit and other jewelry. Lard from Batanes was an important commodity because as the pigs there ate vegetables and root crops, the rendered fat was purer, less viscous, and had a tinge of gold in its color.
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