A little known municipality in the Philippines prides itself as their country’s embroidery capital. Lumban is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines, composed mostly of artisans of all ages. Men and women.
Their embroidery artwork is as intricate as their colorful history. Franciscan nuns introduced needlework to the women of Lumban back in the 16th century with it’s mind -blowing details still intact up to this day. It is sought after as it is the only preferred design to the nation’s national dress. The Barong Tagalog for men and Filipiniana for the ladies.
While it is their source of national pride, the age-old artistry is dwindling. Young generation are showing interest somewhere else making their traditional skills left with fewer needle-masters.
Thankfully, the local government and private sectors are staging programs to drumbeat the interest of young locals to learn their own craft and maintain its status as the finest embroiderers in this side of the planet.
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