LAGA, California Circle

Kalinga backstrap weaving

LAGA, California Circle was born from the 2012 ACTA-sponsored apprenticeship between master artist Jenny Bawer Young and Holly Calica. In her attempt to save laga (traditional Kalinga backstrap weaving of this indigenous peoples of the Philippines), Jenny envisioned a circle of weavers. While implementing her apprenticeship with Holly, much enthusiasm and interest in weaving has been raised in the Filipino American community.

In 2013, a grant from ACTA's Living Cultures Grants Program will support a project with Jenny Bawer Young and six apprentices. This type of weaving is used for blankets, g-strings for men, belts and skirts for women.  The traditional clothing is highly valued regalia and worn during community and family celebrations. The project is designed to further the connections between Filipino-Americans and their homeland. Many of the prospective weavers are performing artists who hope to display their work through dance and music presentation. Weekly sessions will be free.  In 2014, an additional grant expanded LAGA, California Circle, by providing weaving opportunities for children and teen family members of the current weavers.

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