|handkerchief with colorful tubok patterns, photo by JV Vladimir Perez (PALI)|
Tubok, the indigenous hand embroidery works of the Panay Bukidnon in Calinog is among beautiful art traditions of Iloilo. Patterned over historical and ethnic styles of embroider, a tubok is not like those done by computerized embroidery machines that can handle any stitch or pattern and design with ease and efficiency. This needlework craft with a variety of stitches is done by hand and mostly by the elderly women in the community.
To observe a manug-tubok attentively, her skillful hands carefully threading each line while she passionately beams watching the scene unfold to her liking before her eyes, we can understand this is much more than a village craft, but a way of life.