Kalinga Lilagtob Clutch

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This Lilagtob pattern is thought to be inspired by the honeycomb found by the riverside tribes of Kalinga. Some recent uses of the word are "lilaktob" and "nilaktob", but the proper root is "lagtob", which means "one after the other" (Source: Kalinga Department of Tourism, "Kalinga Textiles - History and Design"). Kalinga scholars have found that the honeycomb shape is actually inspired by the "inammata" design of the Ga'dang tribe, which is an "eye" design to ward off evil. Some of the elements from these scarves can be found in tattoo patterns of the region. Some may interpret these elements as the tinatalaaw (hourglass/diamond shapes) patterns symbolize the passage of day & night with the sina-sao (crisscross) patterns commonly used as a talisman for protection (Source: "Tapping Ink, Tattooing Identities"). All this is a reminder that if we protect nature, it will nourish us.

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