Abra is the homeland of the indigenous Tingguians & Itnegs who are popular for loom weaving. Their traditional fabric called “piningitan” or “bankudo” is an age-old craft that takes months to complete. Its complex weaving style & tedious natural dyeing process make the wonder.
The town of La Paz is home to a traditional loom weaving industry specialized in producing fine woven fabrics called abel. These textiles are hand loomed by women of the village who have learned the craft from their mothers and grandmothers. Leila’s Loom weaving is one of the largest suppliers of abel in Abra. You can visit their workshop in Brgy. Bulbulala if you want to see how abel is hand-made by the local weavers. They usually have finished products in stock if you are interested in purchasing.
How to go — From Bangued market, ride a ride the jeepney to La Paz. Drop off at the intersection to Brgy. Bulbulala. Leila’s Loom weaving is a short tricycle ride from there.