2017, August 24
A handwoven cloth locally known as “Abel Iloco” holds a distinction as one of the most sought-after Ilocano product here and abroad. In Paoay, Ilocos Norte, loom weavers remain competitive as they are known to produce durable and stylish inabel clothing designs. Twenty-five years ago, a Brgy. Nagbacalan resident, Charito C. Cariaga, founded the Nagbacalan Loomweavers Multi-purpose Cooperative when her late husband let her lead the local loom weavers. Weavers were dwindling during the early 1990s because of the high prices of raw materials affecting their sales. The loom weavers then gradually expanded their business and progressively produced different kinds of weaves. Some of their bestsellers include table runners, placemats, napkins, dress materials, shawls, bags, coasters and other novelty items. The cooperative produces whatever their customers want them to make.