Ifugao Blanket

The kinuttiyan or a cotton blanket is a rare ethnographic textile collection of the Anthropology Division. There are only a few existing kinuttiyan documented and they are found in the municipalities of Banaue, Kiangan and Hungduan in Ifugao Province. The blanket is woven by women using the back strap loom. It is made and formed from commercialized cotton threads, utilizing the tie and dye method from natural dyes (ikat technique). Indigenous plants locally called hawili (Elaecarpus pendulus) and bolux (Acalypha stipulacea klotz) is mixed and boiled until the desired black color is achieved. This is also done to other indigenous legumes for the red and yellow colors. The red and yellow colors are utilized for aesthetic purposes.

The blanket has anthropomorphic figures at the center. It was used to cover the corpse of an Ifugao after death. The blanket is a national cultural treasure collected in June 13, 1968 by William Beyer in the municipality of Amganad, Banaue, Ifugao.

The blanket is 2.68 meters in length and 1.92 meters in width.


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