Abra in Colours: The Tingguians, Bamboos, and the Art of Dyeing

“In the forest, they don’t just see trees and plants. They see colours”


Abra is a province in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that is notorious for its records of election-related violence more than any other thing. Development is slow in this province and not much is really happening inside. It is, therefore, not at all surprising that this place is not one of those that would be in your priority of places to see in the Philippines: to mention that you are going to Abra to other Filipinos will surely invite some stare of judgment and even dissent.

What led us to Abra in July 2013 is to feature its “natural dye makers” — the indigenous highland people called Tingguians — for What I See travel photography show.

IMG_20130721_092116_1 The view of Bangued, the capital town of Abra, from the top of the Cassamata Hill National Park.

Right after the storm: International photographer Francisco "Paco" Guerrero scouting the surroundings of the long Calaba Bridge for the best capture there is to find. Right after the storm: International photographer Francisco “Paco” Guerrero, the host of What I See

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About theberntraveler

An ardent fan of natural and cultural sites. Art lover. Cultural geek. Loves meeting people and knowing their stories. Takes joy eating great food and proper vino. Travels extensively and intensively around the Philippines and Southeast Asia, with some few travels in other regions.
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