Array
Decorating

5 More Ways To Decorate With Banig

Here are more ideas on how to use this traditional Pinoy mat at home

Shares
Photography: Rene Mejia & Paolo Feliciano

There is no other home furnishing that is more Filipino than the banig, or woven straw mat. It is a traditional home piece that could serve as a living area, dining area, play area, and a bed. It is safe to say, life can revolve around a banig.

While many of us have moved out of the bahay kubo and into suburban houses and condominiums, we can still take this Filipino tradition with us. Read on to learn more contemporary decorative uses for the humble banig.

Hang it as wall art.



ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Round banig mats are an unusual and beautiful alternative to the traditional floor mats, and can be used as an area “rug.” Instead of placing his round banig on the floor, fashion designer Phio Enaje hung the mat on the wall of his former living room. The radial pattern and striking magenta color make it look like art.

CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

Make an instant headboard.



ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Homeowner Steph Tan casually taped on this banig from Samar as a headboard. “I’m from Zamboanga, I love banig,” says Steph. (To see more of this home, click here.) Another option is to have a padded headboard upholstered in banig instead of fabric, or for a quick fix, simple attach the banig to the wall with double-sided-adhesive tape.

Use banig-style stools.



ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Decorator Grace Moslares uses a small banig-covered stool as an accent in this Tagytay bedroom. You can a stool like this at Kultura Filipino. Another great idea: If you have a banig that is a bit tattered around the edges, you can recycle the rest of the mat as upholstery for a small seat, or have it re-stitched into banig pillows. (See the rest of this home in the June 2017 issue of Real Living magazine.)

Get a versatile accent tote.



ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This bag by Eva Marie made out of tikog-material banig is actually a tote bag, but it could also double as a book or magazine holder in your living room. The intricately woven design makes it a great decorative accent. Available at Kultura Filipino.

Go for colorful floor pillows.



ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

A more comfortable alternative to a simple banig mat is a grouping of woven floor pillows. These floor pillows in lovely jewel tones and different sizes can add punch to a neutral room—as well as extra seating for guests! Get similar floor pillows at Grassroots.

Read about the banig!



ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Yes, there is an entire book about the history and tradition of the banig, and it is so fascinating. Written by historian Elmer Nocheseda, Rara: Art and Tradition of Mat Weaving In The Philippines beigns with a very personal account of the author being born on a mat fifty years ago, in his hometown of Pateros. The rest of this beautiful book focuses on the history of Philippine mats spanning 100 years, shows the various patterns, materials, traditions, and most importantly, the weavers. Get a copy at HABI, The Philippine Textile Council, Inc., Carmen Court, 6080 Palma St., Makati City, tel. (02) 478-2765.

More on Realliving.com.ph

Shares

Read more stories about

Latest Stories

See How This Homeowner Gave Her Small Kitchen a Makeover

Check out how she maximized her space!

6 Beginner-Friendly Houseplants You Can Give as Gifts This Christmas

You might even want to get an extra one for yourself!

Here's Where You Can Shop Ceramic Plates, Bowls, and More for as Low as P50

Look for this stall the next time you're in Dapitan Arcade!

This Is the Exact Month IKEA Is Set to Open in Manila

We know when the online store is opening, too!

Muji Just Released a New Prefab House, and It's a Minimalist's Dream

With a minimalist aesthetic, the interior features pale wood flooring and white walls.

Marjorie Barretto Shows Us How She Decorates Her Home for Christmas

You'll find fresh poinsettia in every corner of the house.

You'll Want to Visit these Pretty Starbucks Stores in South Korea

Add these to your travel bucket list in the future!

See How These Moms Transformed Their Kids' Bedrooms, Play Areas During Quarantine

Sometimes all it takes is a little decluttering to make your space feel and look brand new!

This Shop Has Kitchen Finds That Go for as Low as P25

Shop ceramics, glassware, pots, pans, and more!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!