The Yakan are one of several distinct ethnic groups living in Zamboanga City, though originally from Basilan. They are known for their complicated patterns, their weaving being among the most intricate and difficult to create in the Philippines.
Below is a Yakan backstrap loom, housed at the National Museum of the Philippines. You can see the diamond patterns and bright colors typical of Yakan work. This was part of the day’s research and inspiration for the upcoming Chavacano children’s story, set in Zamboanga.