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Luzon Region


	The Filipino wrap-around skirt called tapis or 
patadyong may have emerged from environmental conditions 
and technical repertoires similar to those that produced 
the sarong and the sari. 
	As the female counterpart to the loincloth, the 
tapis covered the genital area. Again, fertility may have 
been a associated value - but in what precise ways? One 
can only guess.

	The tapis was wrapped around the lower half of 
the woman's body and tied at the waist or below the breasts. 
It was secured in place by the knotted ends or by a length 
of braided material. In some societies, belt-like pieces 
were used.

	Short bark cloth wrap-around skirts would almost 
completely disappear with the advent of woven materials. 
These were at first plain-woven, then patterned and ornamented 
as design techniques developed. To this day, the tapis is worn 
by older women in barrios all over the Philippines. With the 
bahag, it is the oldest surviving genre of native costuming.

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