PIA Press Release
Monday, January 16, 2012
Itbayat women preserve traditional ‘yuvuk’by Necitas G. Alconis
BASCO, Batanes, January 16 (PIA) -- The women sector in Itbayat Island who are engaged in different livelihood projects chose to preserve and promote the traditional Ivatan craft called 'yuvok' or basket with a suspender.
Rosalia Castillo, former employee and resident of Itbayat said unemployed middle aged women, including the senior citizens, engage in basket weaving of farming containers for a living. These are made of indigenous 'nito' vines.
Castillo said it will take one week for a seasoned basket weaver to finish one basket which costs P350.
Tourists who buy the farming baskets has introduced other use by repositioning the basket in “bottoms-up” position. Some said they will not use it as farming container but as lamp shade and as decorative materials.
Another craft that the women sector produce are souvenir items of coconut shells which are made into key chains and vases. Coconut shells are also made into the traditional ladles, bowls and spoons. The women make as many items as they could in time for the Batanes Day celebration and trade fair in June. (TCB/NGA/PIA 2-Batanes)