Inabel is a traditional weaving technique from Ilocos (in the northern part of the Philippines).
I’m always trying to find Philippine products to use in my Makati apartment rental business and when I heard about Inabel I went online to see if I could find blankets in this weave for use in the apartments.
If you want to get Inabel products usually you go up to Ilocos or, I’ve heard, they’re also available at the Baguio city market. Unfortunately a quick trip up north was out of the question for me so I needed to find a supplier who would ship to Manila.
Fortunately I found such a supplier and I heartily recommend them. I’ve ordered from Balay Ti Abel several times and all of the transactions were quick, painless and the items were delivered without any problems.
It’s rare that you find a business in the Philippines where transactions involving email and delivery go off without a hitch so kudos to the team at Balay Ti Abel.
I am very happy with the quality of the blankets, even after a lot of runs through the washing machine (we of course launder them after every guest and business has been brisk) the blankets are still sturdy with their threads in place.
Unfortunately some guests do not appreciate the inabel blankets. We had an American complain once that our blankets should be just plain white sheets, “like how we do it in the US.”
I informed him that we purposely chose to use inabel blankets (which are more expensive and harder to procure than plain white sheets) to support Philippine industry and culture.
We don’t do things exactly as how it’s done in the US, or other countries, and I’m proud that we do not. One of the perks of having my own business is being able to support products and practices that I think are worthwhile; even if such products and practices are more expensive than other, more common, options.
Making inabel products is time consuming and fewer and fewer young weavers from the next generation are taking up the craft.
The last time I tried to order inabel blankets in January 2016 I was informed that my usual order (queen sized white inabel blanket) was out of stock as there were not enough weavers to keep up with the demand.