More than a basket, the tingkep is a reflection of the life and culture of the Pala’wan, an indigenous community of the Philippines. This handicraft combines the artwork of humans and their forest. Now that there are threats to the forests of Palawan island, the Pala’wan people are also threatened by the potential loss of their homes and their traditions.

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By Nola Andaya and Norli Colili. 2008. Published by The NTFP-EP in behalf of the Pala’wan Community and NATRIPAL

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