BAGUIO CITY (March 12, 2021) – Residents of Kapangan town in Benguet backed by their local officials are gearing to bring back their silk production industry alive.
Sericulture, the production of silk, employs the rearing of silkworms to be able to get the material for silk weaving.
The revival of the silkworm weaving emerged after “Bayo”, a homegrown and a very successful Filipino clothing brand, visited Kapangan recently.
The Kapangan local government met with Bayo Chief Executive Officer Leo Lagon and Vice President and Creative Director Anna Lagon to discuss the partnership.
They also met with the cocoon producers or farmers, the “divet” weavers.
Representatives of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Cordillera were present during the talks promising to provide technical expertise assistance in the revival of sericulture in Kapanga.
Municipal officials, Bayo officers and DOST representatives visited Barangay Proper Cuba, where silkworm rearing houses are located. They also went to the Weaving Loom of the Datakan School of Living Tradition where the traditional Benguet clothing “divet and patda” are being produced.
Artemio A. Dumlao