Yakan Hat

$118.00

Designer Name: KINDOM

Exclusively with KINDOM, our indigenous & woman-owned weaving business partner created some pretty awesome bucket hats for us! This wonderful *hand-made* headgear by the Yakan tribe of the Southern Philippines is fully lined and travel-friendly. Handwoven on a back-strap loom for weeks, and then sewn with love & care, no two are exactly alike. Top of any outfit with this fun accessory, and wear it with pride, knowing that you helped an indigenous community survive and carry on their ancestral traditions.

The Yakan indigenous community live primarily on Basilan Island where their people are originally from, but they also have settlements on Sacol, Malanipa, and Tumalutab islands, all off the southern tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula, in the southern Philippines. Smaller groups of Yakan live elsewhere in the Philippines — particularly on the island of Mindanao — as well as in Sabah, East Malaysia.

Yakan women are especially recognized for their skill in weaving. Their colourful fabrics have long-figured in local rituals. Yakan weaving uses vibrant, bold, and often contrasting colors, in symmetrical patterns. The inspiration for designs comes from the natural environment and sacred geometry. Unfortunately, the knowledge of ancient weaving practices has dwindled, losing valuable indigenous cultural knowledge. By supporting their efforts to keep what ancestral practices left they have alive, we are ensuring that these traditions are kept alive.

Details:

  • Handwoven bucket hat
  • Cotton/polyester Yakan handwoven textile 
  • Made in the Philippines by indigenous tribal artisans
  • Gentle hand wash cold & hang dry or dry flat 
  • Fit & sizing. Due to the handwoven nature, there will be slight variances in the size.
  • *Only 1 piece available*

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