Traditionally worn in the Mountain Province of the Philippines, the Pasiking is used to carry goods and equipment and also, even if carrying nothing, as just a rain coat. The entire bag portion is woven rattan. The water-proof covering is made from the extracted fibres of a very long-leafed pineapple plant.
Its probably only when seeing one of these Pasiking packs that one can fully appreciate the complexity of its construction. For example how weaves change and merge, how the straps are finished. Today it is almost impossible to find a Pasiking pack and the knowledge of such construction is close to being forgotten.
Nowadays we place so much value on technology, mechanical manufacturing processes and synthetic materials that we are likely destined to forget many hand made construction techniques and manufacturing processes along with the use of natural materials.
Weaving techniques which developed over hundreds if not thousands of years, disappearing faster and faster with the rapid advances in technology and with every artisan that is forced to change profession due to the cultural consumer shift towards technological and often more affordable product.
Will losing our understanding of crafts and value of natural materials also increase our consumption of synthetic materials and pollution?
Is there a way to include the makers of disappearing complex crafts around the world into our technologically focused culture? To sustain them, the craft and preserve the knowledge.
The subject of sustaining craftspeople and preserving their knowledge is something I am also exploring with Huarache Blog, my Blog dedicated to promoting, researching and documenting Mexican Huarache Footwear. Another tradition at risk and one increasingly overshadowed by modern footwear and its technological advances.
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Via Jeff Werner
Will our increasing consumption of technology and synthetic materials reduce our appreciation and connection to nature and natural materials? Eventually desensitizing us to the environment and its pollution?