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The Easter Weaving Room is the right place to visit if you are interested in native fabrics and other handicraft. Here one can witness the actual process of cloth weaving as practiced by the natives of the mountain provinces for ages. Except for Christmas and the New Year, the Easter Weaving Room is open seven days a week even on Sundays and holidays.
The company is owned and managed by the Philippine Episcopal Church and has greatly contributed financially to the work of Easter School and the church. It is located near the compound of the Bureau of Plant Industry and is easily accessible by taxi. From the downtown area of Baguio, take Abanao Street towards Camp Allen and turn right to Bokawkan Road at the vicinity of the PLDT building. At the lower end of Bokawkan Road, turn left to Easter Road and you will find the Easter Weaving Room compound to your right.
At the Easter Weaving Room you will see for yourself the age-old weaving process at their work area and have a glimpse of the wide range of hand-woven articles such as: tablemates, wall hangings, bed linens, clothings, ethnic and ikat textiles, religious garments, bags, wallets, purses, Christmas articles, footwears, area rugs, etc. They also have wood carvings, baskets, fashion accessories and many more.
Weaving was first started at Easter School in 1909 under the direction of Deaconess Hargreave who was interested in having young women learn weaving with the idea that they might someday earn their own living or help supplement the family income. The weaving classes were continued under various headmasters and headmistresses until it became an important and integral part of the school. The looms and other weaving equipment were destroyed during the 2nd World War but were again established in 1948 with the help of some women who had worked at the Weaving Room before the war. Weaving classes were again started.
The Weaving Room has grown considerably in the past years that the weavers were no longer able to cope up with many orders from customers. In addition to the teaching program of the school, the Philippine Episcopal Church expanded the Weaving Room by hiring a number of women, who otherwise would have been unemployed. Many of them have large families and their husbands were either unemployed or earn very little. These women have proven themselves to be a great help in supplementing the family income.
Today the Weaving Room is located in a building designed to house several upright looms. It is giving work to several women with expert knowledge in weaving. The quality of the items hand-loomed by expert weavers has carried the reputation of Easter Weaving Room, Inc. across the seas. They have been attracting customers all over the world. Very often, tourists come by busloads. They are treated to the unfolding story of making the exquisite and intricate Montanosa cloth. They are amused as they see the rainbow-arrayed threads being intertwined. Many are awed as expert Igorot hands play along with these threads to produce the products that now make the Easter Weaving Room internationally renowned.
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