Palaspas - an appreciation of palm leaf art in the Philippines
Palaspas, a richly photographed book, begins with how the palm leaf has figured in our early history and culture, then highlights its myriad manifestations in the religious, social and economic practices of our people in various communities all over the country. Enlivening the detailed instructions in creating the ephemerally beautiful forms are the stories behind the author's encounter with each krus sa lukay, tipaklong, minais, manuk-manuk, bolang dako, kinasing, patupat ti sinublan, and many more.
About the author:
Elmer Nocheseda spent his childhood in Pateros, Metro Manila, and Angono, Rizal. While taking up Economics at the Ateneo de Manila University, he spent his summer months with various communities in many parts of the country, and developed an appreciation of Philippine folk crafts and beliefs. He has since made palaspas his lifetime passion. Aside from keeping a veritable collection of palaspas forms through the years from all over the Philippines, he is untiring in his advocacy to preserve and promote the art and crafts of palaspas weaving, and gives lectures and demonstrations in schools and other venues.