The National Museum Western Visayas Regional Museum and Satellite Office (NMWVRMSO) opened on Saturday, Dec. 15, its inaugural exhibit “Habol Panay: The Woven Artistry of Western Visayas” at the Old Iloilo Provincial Jail, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City
“The exhibit is not only a showcase of indigenous textiles but it is also a celebration of the enduring skills, craftsmanship, and artistry of weavers and embroiderers in Western Visayas,” said Dr. Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador, NM assistant director and Hibla ng Lahing Pilipino: The Artistry of Philippine Textiles curator.
Labrador explained that the exhibit features the fibers, textiles and looms of Western Visayas from the National Ethnographic Collection and those loaned from partners and collaborators of the National Museum; raw materials used for textile production and the methods and techniques of processing fibers; and the different forms of utilizing hand-made and embroidered cloths.
“The exhibit also explores the linkage established between Western Visayas and other provinces in the country through weaving and embroidery and how it contributed to the continuity of textile and weaving traditions and the cultural and religious practices related to it,” she added.
Habol Panay is part of the Hibla ng Lahing Pilipino, a permanent textile exhibition gallery at the National Museum of Anthropology in Manila. It is a project in partnership with the Office of Senator Loren Legarda, who graced the occasion.
Meanwhile, NM Director Jeremy Barns said that Western Visayas communities can expect more from National Museum’s two sites – Old Iloilo Provincial Jail and Old Jaro Municipal Hall, both are Important Cultural Property.
“Habol Panay is one of the many exhibitions that the National Museum will open in its two sites here in Iloilo City,” Barns said.
“True to our mandate to protect the Cultural Properties of the Filipino people, we will also bring to the Western Visayas communities part of our National Collection in Archaeology, Fine Arts, Botany, and Zoology,” he added.
The Old Iloilo Provincial Jail has seven galleries that will hold permanent exhibition on Paleontology and Geology, Intangible and Tangible Cultural Heritage of Western Visayas, Fine Arts, and Archaeology. On the other hand, the Old Jaro Municipal Hall will feature photo exhibitions on Built-Heritage conservation, Archaeological Sites in WV, among others.
National Museums galleries are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM. The entrance is for free. For group tour bookings, please contact NMWVRMSO at 033-327-3782.