Inaul, the Art of Weaving ...
Inaul... is the famous Maguindanao handwoven fabric. It is used by the Maguindanaons as a “malong”, a tabular skirt or “sarong” that wraps around the lower part of the body and worn as traditional dress by both men and women.
Inaul, is a treasured cultural tradition as it captures the Maguindanao symbol of distinction and royalty.
A source of pride and a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the people of Cotabato City.
Colors of yellow and orange represent royalty while red means bravery. Green signified peace and tranquillity. White, the color of purity spoke of sadness and mourning. Black means dignity. At present, the colors and lines are a matter of choice. New designs incorporate pastel to dark shades are very commonly used.
The intricate art of weaving introduced various designs. The most popular is the plain weave such as binaludto (rainbow), makabimban (stripes) or panigabi (taro). A weft weave included sinodengan, matampuhay-seko, kawang and sinukipan designs. The practice of tie-dying is another rare method locally called binaludan (ikat).
Inaul is one of the most versatile handwowen textile ever conceived. Women wear it as a malong skit and as garments for formal or royal events such as weddings. Men can wear it as a trouser for formal wear. Wound around man’s head it becomes a turban, Folded malongs can be used as a basket, baby cradle or bag. Others use it as a blanket, mat, curtain or pillow cases. Nowadays its uses include gowns and dresses for women and tuxedos or polo barongs for men.