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About the banig

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Hand-woven natural fibers are reborn in this signature painting collection. The intricate texture of the banig as an unconventional canvas carries a distinct character in itself. Familiarity and research on its organic base led to the utmost care in the painting process to ensure its longevity for collectors. Mats are treated by a banig export company, then primed and layered with multiple coatings of quality acrylic paints. The opaque medium seals the pores and in-between weaves. A finishing glaze locks in the pigments, acts as a tough fixative and gives a film of protective luster for years of appreciation.

Species used in Tejido’s banig painting collection are of the pandan (Pandanus tectorius) species, chosen for its prominent and easily distinguishable weave pattern (“open weave”) that is neither too coarse and too thick to dominate the subject, nor too refined and too thin to be invisible under layers of opaque acrylic paint. Open weave refers to the usual over-one-under-one (checker-work) method that is used to make mats, market baskets or chicken nests.

The pandan, or screw pine, is a tropical shrub whose growth pattern is in a corkscrew fashion, similar to that of a pineapple. Pandan shrubs grow in moist areas like sandy beaches, mountainsides or near freshwater lakes and swamps. Sub-classifications of the species include common pandan, karagumoy, sabutan, bariw, taboan, alas as and oyango. Karagumoy leaves are coarse. They are split when still fresh and then pressed after drying. The strips are used to form mats that are transformed into handicrafts such as bags, hats or workbaskets. Common pandan is abundant in most parts of the Philippines and is usually used to make hats and mats.

The combined resilience of material and design, proven by long years of traditional use as durable mats, makes the banig a viable substitute for traditional fine art painting medium.