Abra is known for its bamboo. Bamboo has always been there in every Abrenio's every day life. This tallest grass has been creatively transforemed into beautiful products, they befunctional or novelty items, that are carving a niche' in the local and foreign markets.
Gifts and Housewares
Finely crafted bamboo-based products that come in various designs, sizes and functionality such as baskets, bags, hats, fans, plates, placemats, trays, planters, hot pads, coasters, organizers, magazine racks, attache case, candle holders, pen and card holders, lamp shades, vases and wall decors can be a common sight and fashion accents in every home, office, hotel or restaurant. These wide array of products of products that come from 73 craft villages in the province are perfect as gifts for household wares and can be ordered either as functional items or novelties for any occasion.
Furniture & Furnishings
For those with peculiar taste in homestyle and living, furniture and furnishings are produced by a combination of bamboo species. Sala sets come in different designs and make. Dividers and blinds are produced by a combination of kawayan tinik, puser, talahib or reed. Beach chair in small, mediumm and large sizes are fastest selling items because of their ergonomic designs. The three leveled reclining seat can be used outdoors and indoors. They come in handy during travels to picnics because they are collapsible or folded. So with the table and footstool.
Loomweaving is a tradition of craftsmanship passed on from generation to generation in Bulbulala, La Paz, Abra because of the use of antique handlooms. It is a livelihood activity that serves as a sustenance for the day to day living keeping each family alive. Loomwoven products such as blankets, placemats, table runners, pillow cases, shawls, yardages and Tapis in different designs are perfect for gifts and keepsake for any occasion.
WOOD-BASED INDUSTRY (HOME FURNISHINGS)
Bangued is the home of most delectable native delicacies. Masa Podrida, the most sought after product that comes in a dozen or bite size pack. Prepared from a mixture of flour and coconut cream, it is laid on green banan leaves as native wrapping when being cooked. It is ideal for snacks and Pasalubong.
Other glutinous rice-based products such as special "bibingka" with grated coconut and cheese toppings, "biko" and "suman" satisfy one's craving for native cakes.
And the sweet, crispy and crunchy cracker called "inladit" is an ilocano term derived from its process of preparation. Flour undergoesseries of rolling and kneading until it is flattened too thin and elastic enough to be cut into bite sizes, deep fried and soaked into syrup. It is considered as an ethnic food in the province because of the traditional process of preparation
The processed-food industry in Abra ranges from meat-based to fruit-based, flour-based, and glutinous rice-based products.
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