In the Philippines, there is a popular adage that goes “Ang ina ay ang ilaw ng tahanan”. Directly translated to English, it means "A mother is the light of the home". There couldn't be a more fitting statement for mothers as they are most often the family's source of energy, warmth and comfort.
Luzviminda Lobos, is a seasoned artisan, a woman of strength but above all, she is a daughter and a mother.
Born into it
Luzviminda has been weaving professionally for almost 20 years. She was more or less born into it with both parents and most relatives working as crafters, weavers and the like. She started weaving at an early age being literally immersed in it. "It was an everyday part of life in the community and family during that time. Everyone was doing it, even the children." says Luzviminda.
A WONDER WOMAN
Although her mother was a housewife, she would weave during her free time to help make money for the family. Growing up in that kind of setting, Luzviminda has always seen strength and importance in the role of women and mothers in the community. It is what drove her to push herself to be better in her craft. From a simple basket weaver, Luzviminda has now established herself as one of the heads of the Research and Development, creating and improving new techniques in natural material weaving.
a love inherited
Weaving was an essential part of her life growing up. Her love for it was familiar and natural. There is this feeling of undescribable bliss when you lose yourself while weaving. It somehow gives you a kind of peace and contentment in that moment that all problems seems to disappear according to Luzviminda.
Like her mother, she now shares her passion and love for the craft to her two children, who according to her seems to be developing a keen liking into it. Although she wants them to pursue their own passion dreams when they grow up, she wants them to be know about hers. "This craft taught me patience, creativity and fortitude. Those are qualities i want my children to have in life."