Bagobo Cloth

 

National Museum Collection

This is an example of one of the traditional textiles in Bagobo society, highly valued for their design and fine weave. It consists of several frieze patterns.

The first frieze pattern below features the crocodile design. An analysis of the textiles, garments and photographs of the Bagobo revealed the dominance of a schematic representation of the crocodile(*).

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The symmetry group of the frieze pattern is m1. Among the symmetries are translations and reflections along vertical lines. (distinct axes of reflections are shown in yellow in the frieze patterns)

The other frieze patterns that follow also have the same type of symmetry group.

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(*)The Textiles of Southern Philippines, Lydia Angelica Reyes, University of the Philippines Press, Quezon City, 1992.