Project Title:

Documentation of the Asian Center Textile Collection

Implementation Site:

Asian Center Premises

Scope of Work:

I. Conduct cataloguing activity

a. taking of physical dimensions

b. expanding information found in original catalogue worksheets

c. retagging of artifacts (optional)

d. survey of physical condition

e. photo documentation

II. Composition of report and recommendations for conservation

Project Status:



A report was submitted to the Asian Center composed of the collection profile, textile condition, scope of work accomplished and recommendation. 

The textile collection of the Asian Center is generally composed of articles of clothing—trousers, blouses, tubular garments, sashes, among others from the peoples of Sulu, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Mindoro, Mt Province, Kalinga, Ifugao, and Leyte.  The fabrics originate from at least eight ethnolinguistic groups, namely: Tausug, Yakan, Maranao, Mangyan, Bontok, Kalinga, Ifugao, and Waray.

The recent documentation carried out by the team involved taking measurements of the pieces, expanding information the initial cataloguing offered (such as the addition of information on material, colors, condition, and description), and photo documentation.  In the case of the latter, motif (when applicable) was also painstakingly documented. Adhesives found on the fabrics were removed.  Accession numbers were re-written on small cards and attached to the fabrics, in anticipation of future conservation intervention to remove the accession numbers written directly on the fabric.  Work was carried out within seven non-consecutive days, starting 22 November 2006 and ending 14 February 2007.

- Lifted from the report submitted to the Asian Center, May 2007

Digitized images and information on the collection was also submitted.