An Indigenous basket-weaving tradition keeps a Philippine forest alive
By Keith Anthony Fabro
March 6, 2022
• Traditional handicrafts like the Pala’wan Indigenous people’s tingkep woven baskets are deeply tied to local ecosystems; experts increasingly understand that supporting traditional practices can aid conservation by creating incentives for keeping forests intact.
• Efforts to support tingkep weavers have been undercut by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has dried up tourism in Palawan as well as reduced disposable income for many potential buyers, dramatically slashing the demand for the handicrafts.
• At the same time, climate change is already affecting the forests from which tingkep weavers gather materials.