TECHNOLOGY IN SUSTAINING HABLON PRODUCTS IN MIAG-AO, ILOILO

Technology in Sustaining Hablon Products

As modern technologies have taken place workers, tend to do their job easier where they could save time and energy than traditional one. Technologies could do many more products to produce to the consumers in just a short period. The Global-market depends on the fast cycle of products that technology could do. Local textile industry must put forth more effort to produce more textile products so that they will sustain their numbers of production, which is tough competition to prevail.

The question is how could traditional technology helps to sustain their textile business?pic1

Loom or Tiral in local term is a tool used to weave cloth out of the fabric by weaving yarn or thread’s strands together at the right angle. Weaving is a production fabric interlacing two sets of yarn so that they crossed each other accomplished with manually or machine assisted loom.

Mary Ann Montagon, loom weaver, explained the process involves in making Hablon Products on how they sustained their fabrication value. To understand the procedure, here are the processes on producing fabric.

Preparing a Hablon weave takes about two hours, preparing for the materials that are need from designing, preparing loom and threads, hand loom weaving, and warping threads to hablon cloth.

Warping -the arranging of the yarn longitudinal that must be very strong.

The weft yarn it is the binding of the warp threads at either until a desired size has reach.

-after the warp is stretched , raising every alternate warp yarn or set of yarns to receive the weft; picking for inserting the weft; and battening for pressing the weft to make the fabric compact. Involve tying the ends of the warp yarn to create tassels or securing these ends in an attractive fashion.pic5 pic4

Each member of the Hablon loom weaver can make 4-5 meters a day, 20- 25 meters per week depend on their capacity to do so. Because of the good quality that they produced, many tourists approach to order some of their products. Buyers preferred made-to-order hablon cloth. Usually their buyers are the schools for their school uniforms, government offices for their office uniforms. Many customers love and trusted their products. That is why when someone asks, looking for the quality made textile, somebody would refer you to Hablon Products.

pic8Using the traditional technology or loom they do more produce and improved their products by making quality made Hablon products. Hablon products sort from barongs, gowns, bags, handkerchiefs, belts, shawls, pillowcases, lamp sheets, pouches. They even show up their gowns on pic2fashion shows. That is why loom weaver people extend some efforts and patience to produce more quality products to their customers. Since they are the members of the cooperative, the profit they will get, will go to them.

In addition, weaving progress in Miag-ao could give a chance to women who do not have a job.

Challenges

However, due to the increase of demand in the textile industry, the need for clothing and other usage of textile are getting higher. The limited financial capacity for Hablon would also limit their opportunities to produce more products. Given the fact that Hablon Products are done manually. Global market would desire fast production for the products and technology plays a major role to produce massive products.

Modern Technology for Textile Industry

Traditional work in the textile should manually be done by handwork since it is a tradition it must supposed to be done manu-mano which a man should do the job. Now living in the modern world where people tend to lived their life to the technology that could give them ease on their life. Thus ranging of new machines in textile industry give a threat to the employment of local textile industry, in the sense that traditional weaving takes a lot of time and effort to finish their products, before they could finish their cloth, machines have already done to produce more products. Modern textile industry could do a lot of job in just short span of time and could give the global consumers’ need. Equivalent of this is a slow market of local or traditional textile industry and less income for the family and community that could benefit from it.

Only few people could benefit from the technology as the machines doing all the process. The artistic sense of human creative mind is slowly diminishing when it comes to embroidering, designing, etc.

What will happen if the machines will do all the work of man? As states in Kahlil Gibran “On Work”, you fulfill a part of earth’s further dream.  In addition, the purpose of a man on earth is to work, not the machines will. We cannot deny the fact that modern technology textiles could do a big a favor when it comes to the production of the fabrics that the world need. They could supply a large number of fabrics, however, the numbers of people who work on the machines are lesser compare if they do the traditional way. Traditional weaving could also build a weaving community and could provide self-employment. Modern technology consumes a higher electric energy that cost expensive capital compare to the earnings of a person who works on the technology.

However, machine assisted textiles give quantitative products compare to the traditional or manual weaving of cloth. It gives different kind of designs, since the designs are technically pattern to the computer and the machine will do the rest.

Traditional Technology on Improving Hablon Products

pic7To improve the products of hablon using the traditional technology they make sure that they are using the best materials that will not disappoint their customers, before they become loom weaver they have a seminar in which, the Girls are usually brought to the production center, and taught by older weavers to do loom weaving.

When they already know how to weave, they may replace their mothers. Older

women weavers then tend to be contented about the educational pursuit of theirpic3

daughters since after high school, they are expected to substitute them at work and become providers for the family.

Hand weaving used to be much more popular before the invention of the modern technology. Traditional technology on weaving or they called it Tiral in local dialect, used to weave cloth. The basic purpose of it is to hold the warp threads under tension to facilitate the interweaving

of the weft threads. It helps to improve the process of weaving since it is essential to reduce breakage and the hairiness of yarn will decrease.

The impact of increased competition and expansion of modern textile industry, the level of operation in handloom sector has declined.

High-end clients such as local and international fashion designers and boutiques value the crafts manship and fine texture of Miag-ao hablon products. These qualities enable most Miag-ao hablon producers to command higher market prices.

REFERENCES:

(2013).Weaving Progress for the Miag-ao Hablon Industry: Gender-Responsive Value Chain Analysis of Hablon Weaves in Miag-ao, Iloilo. Retrieved August 31, 3013 from http://pcw.gov.ph/sites/default/files/documents/resources/gwp_case_study_weaving_hablon_miag-ao.pdf

Edwin Antoni. Hablon products. Retrieved August 31, 2013 from http://www.ilocandiatreasures.com/2012/04/hablon-local-textile-of-miag-ao.html

Happyswissman. Traditional vs modern textile industry. Retreived August 31, 2013 from

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH9rAsmMCGM

Looming. Retrieved August 31, 2013 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/loom

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