The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is vivid.
The bright colors and striking patterns of Philippine banig (traditional sleeping mats) came to mind. Natural plant fibers are used for these handwoven mats, and the photos below are examples of a type made from a grass called “tikog”
Here are 3 pattern examples…
Tikog grass grows near rice fields. It is a thin grass, so as you can imagine, it takes a lot of work to create a sleeping mat big enough for two adults.
It also takes a lot of planning and an artistic spirit to create the beautiful geometric patterns of banigs for sale at markets in the Philippines.
Two years ago, I accompanied my grandsons Jun and Gabriel to a summer camp field trip to the San Francisco Zoo.
Both my grandsons like to take photographs, and Jun captured this photo of a parrot in the tropical bird house. He was 8, and took many photographs while we were there. This is one of my favorites of his photos for the zoo trip.