The banig that we are talking about here is not Banig Roberto, the Filipina who first ‘wowed’ the American Public when she was just 10 years old. We are going to delve into the traditional banig that is used as a mat, laid on the floor and slept on.
The colorful banig is handwoven using the leaves of the palm (buri), the pandan or sea grass. Cut and dried, the leaves are sometimes dyed to make it more attractive. There are some who favor the buri mat, the sturdy feel of the mat giving excellent protection from cold hard floors. On the other hand there are others who are partial to the mat made from pandan leaves or sea grass. Made up of a softer material compared to the buri mat, these mats are more often smaller than the buri mat – and much softer and thinner.
The banig can usually be bought at a local marketplace. Why don’t you go out and purchase a banig for yourself?