This body of work Researching and Remembering was born out of a personal investigation of familial roots and cultural activities that was handed down or used for income. My grandmother embroidered and made tailored clothes with a past history of weaving Filipino tribal weavings. A history lost to time and her death, which left my only avenue to research tribal weavings from another continent without the direct link. This disconnect lead to discovering Filipino tribal weavings via, at first, a digital interface of images documenting a diverse array of patterns at different ranges of pixelation. I sought out all tribes that I could and found that patterns had symbolic and/or ritualistic meanings. Some representing spirits, attempts to appease wind spirits, and one pattern used to wrap the dead. Colors and materials specific to the regional flora and fauna of the place the tribes occupied, I sought to reflect that with my own material connection to my post-colonial Filipina-American identity. My culture tends to anchor through food’s common-denominator factor—to connect a community of individuals’ isolation from performing cultural assimilation. Ube or purple yam is synonymous with Filipino food culture, used in a labor intensive traditional dessert, Halaya, is reminiscent of a dense gelatinous coconut scented mochi. Also used is tapioca from the cassava root, which is itself diasporic because it originates from Brazil, yet is Asian identified. The digitized loss of information in the scans of the Filipino tribal weavings represents my research journey and the use of food products to discover, connect, and celebrate a cultural expression of textile that is of my people and ancestors.

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Researching and Remembering Yakan, Ube, 2019. Ube (purple yam) powder, manganese violet pigment, acrylic paint, giclee print, di-bond, aluminum, PVA glue. 37 x 47.5 inches

Researching and Remembering Yakan, Green Tapioca, 2018–2019. Tapioca, giclee print, wood, PVA glue. 23 x 28 inches.

Researching and Remembering T'nalak, Ube, 2019. Ube (purple yam) powder, manganese violet pigment, acrylic paint, giclee print, di-bond, aluminum. 58.75 x 43.25 inches.

Researching and Remembering Inabel, Pink Tapioca, 2018. Tapioca, giclee print, wood, PVA glue. 13 x 20 inches

Researching and Remembering Inabel, Pink Tapioca, 2018. Tapioca, giclee print, wood, PVA glue. 23 x 28 inches.

Researching and Remembering Yakan, Ube, 2019. Ube (purple yam) powder, manganese violet pigment, acrylic paint, giclee print, di-bond, aluminum, PVA glue. 59 x 58.75 inches.

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