Philippine Arts and Crafts


A country has its own share of Arts and Crafts that is unique to them. Every little piece of art/craft thatís produced would bear the identity of the country. It also shows the creative innovation and artistic faculties of its people. Aside from the countryís vast natural resources like the minerals, ocean resources, land resources and etc. the Filipino people, with all its artistic skills and innovative talents, are considered as its greatest resource of the land because without the skills and talents of its people, nothing will happen to the country.

A popular activity in the northern mountain of the country is weaving, lace making and embroidery. Besides the use of cotton, fibers such as banana leaf and abaca fibers are use in this activity. It has varied colorful designs and textures a truly outstanding proof of Filipinos creativity. The woven works of the country now has the attention from the international community. Another famous activity in the country is pottery. It is a common activity even during the ancient times. It produces different types of jars like Dragon jars, Imbe jars, Rusun and Namban jars. In the southern Philippines, ornate carvings are found. Carvings on wood, on stones, and etc only showcased the peoples diligent art works. Filipinos are excellent wood carvers. Their carvings are mostly small anitos or religious structures. Iron works are also popular amongst the Filipino people. Philippine Gold art includes belts, necklaces, rings that are placed around the waist and armlets are popular not only to the native people but apparently to foreigners as well. The country is known for their coveted pearl industry where Filipinos made jewelry of some precious stones.

In the Spanish era around 17th century, artistic paintings by known artists like Zobel, Luna and Fernando Amorsolo. Also thereís Tam Austria with Mag-Anak, Nestor Leynes with Mag-ina Sa Banig, and Hugo C. Yunzon that reflects an earthy style that touches on the indigenous culture of Malay in pieces such as Mariang Makiling and Early Risers. Probably the greatest art of the Filipinos is the magnificent rice terraces which construction would surpass a human comprehension. It is located in the marvelous mountains of Banaue.

The contributions of Filipinos havenít been truly recognized like those prominent legacies of Richard Trevithick (Britain), Isaac Merritt Singer and the Wright brothers (America), and etc. But itsí manpower is distinguish around the globe for its great appreciation for work, its indigenous creativity and for its dedication for the job.


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