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Pagtinabangay is a Visaya word that means cooperating and collaborating for the well-being of the community. This is the spirit of Caohagan Island. This is the spirit of the Caohagan quiltmakers. This is the spirit of this book.


The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island


Through personal and collective stories and more than 300 photos, Pagtinabangay: The Quilts and Quiltmakers of Caohagan Island, introduces the art of quiltmaking on this 13-acre island in the central Philippines. You’ll join the Caohagan Island quiltmakers as they stitch their lives and loves in brilliant colors and designs. Stand on a white-sand beach beneath a coconut palm as quilts float in the turquoise sea before you. Travel with the quiltmakers by boat, tricycle taxi and ferry to Cebu City to shop for fabric. Get to know an island that’s home to 600 women, men, children and youth that is thriving because of quiltmaking.


More than 100 quiltmakers create whimsical and beautiful quilts that reflect and enhance the appeal of this tropical paradise while ensuring their families have enough to eat, access to education and health care, and a lifestyle that’s in touch with the earth and each other. As you learn about the quilts, the quiltmakers and life on Caohagan, you’ll see a model for healthy, sustainable living emerge.


Chapter 1 surveys Philippine history with a focus on Caohagan Island’s place in that history. Chapters 2 and 3 detail how quiltmaking came to the island and how the island’s unique quiltmaking style and techniques emerged. Chapter 4 includes profiles of more than two dozen of the quiltmakers that share how they design their quilts, what inspires them and why quiltmaking is important to them. Chapter 5 looks at the islanders’ dreams for their future and the future of quiltmaking on the island.


Product Details

ISBN: 978-0-692-44196-1

Publication date: July 2015

Pages: 192

Book dimensions: 9 x 11 inches

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