Filipino Palm Weaving Workshop

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PISCATAWAY – Learn about the traditional Philippine art of palm weaving on Saturday, April 16, at a workshop at East Jersey Olde Towne Village, 1050 River Road, Piscataway, from 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Palaspas, which means palm weaving in the Philippine language, is a centuries old tradition practiced in preparation for Palm Sunday. Coconut palm fronds are woven into intricate designs, brought to church to be blessed, and then traditionally displayed in the home for protection. Filipino families have preserved their own weaving patterns by passing them down orally from one generation to the next.

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Participants in this hands-on workshop will learn how to create this special folk craft under the instruction of master artists from Samahan Cultural Heritage, Eastern Seaboard, Inc. The palm fronds can be braided, twisted, notched, and woven into various patterns and styles, and it can take from a few minutes to a few hours to finish one Palaspas. The Palm Weaving Workshop will be presented in a bilingual format, with an interpreter speaking English and Tagalog, the official language of the Philippines.

The free workshop is offered by the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission and the Folklife Program for New Jersey. Advance registration is required; contact the commission at 1-732-745-4489.


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