Ito Kish‘s inspiration was the Tingkop baskets used to store food produced by the Tagbanwa or Tagbanua, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Philippines and they can be mainly found in the central and northern Palawan.
Powder coated metal was used as frame and PE plastic for weaving so it can be used for as outdoor stool and storage.
All the materials used was locally sourced and the weaving technique is familiar to the original basket used by the Tagbanwa.
It was important that the weaving patterns by the Tagbanwa were very similar. Although the original material used for basket was palm leaves which made it easy for weaving but with the use of PE plastic the weave was combined with some modern patterns like hounds tooth and chevron pattern to give it a contemporary look. The shape is very similar to the original baskets.
by Ito Kish