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Monday, August 10, 2015

Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center (Cavinti Laguna)

Near the town of Cavinti Laguna, there's a covered basketball court where the Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center is located.

Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
The Kalakal Cavinti Atbp. Cooperative operates at the Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center where its women pandan weaver members benefit from it as a source of income.
Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
Roughly 5,000 pandan leaves are cleaned in a month.  The leaves are then dried and softened using the heavy ilohan made of a big tree trunk.  I tried to operate it myself as the women there made it look easy.  I used all my muscle power but couldn't move it.  LOL!
Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
They are able to produce different variants of weaved products  from the dyed pandan strips such as bags, hats and mats.
Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
People can just walk-in to buy their displayed finished products.  The sambalilos are so cheap!  We got the plain colored (35 php), colored (45 php) and multi colored (65 php) for us to bring home as pasalubong. 

Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
Sometimes, there are no weavers in the area as some women tend to bring it home and weave as they watch tv or take care of their kids.  You can contact the Cavinti government for advance and bulk orders.

We Travel Tripsters learned a lot about pandan weaving.  It is a great stop when in Cavinti Laguna.

Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving and Handicraft Center
Address Covered Basketball Court Cavinti Laguna
Budget Per Person 35-5,000 Kalakal–Pandan Sambalilo Weaving 
and Handicraft Center  Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours Monday to Sunday:
(even holidays)
Reservation Required No (Encouraged)
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