is the precise term for woven cloth produced on the Ilocano loom and embodies the characteristic attributes of an Ilocano Abel which is made of cotton, well-woven and with straight-neat edges. The  inabel  is distinguished  from  all  other  Philippine  and even Asian textiles for its sturdiness in construction, stark simplicity of design, and practicality in function.
Remarkable for their rich coloring and bold designs, hand-woven textiles are an important part of the long, varied  cultural heritage of  the Ilocos region. History records  that  Inabel  were  rooted  traditions  at  the  time  the  Spanish  colonized the  Ilocos   region   in   the 1500’s. Neighboring Asian countries were already trading their gold, ceramics, iron  and beads with Inabel in the natural harbors along the coasts. For centuries Inabel has been used as clothing, blankets and even sails for galleons.
Today, due to the local market being flooded with factory- processed imported textiles- not to  mention  the  enticement of  higher  income  generating  jobs in foreign  countries-the number   of   weavers   willing  to  continue  the  tradition  of  textile  weaving   has   been dramatically reduced. There  are  currently  less  than 300  active  weavers in  the  region, some  weaving  traditions  have died with the weavers and  some  weaving  communities have vanished.
Balay ni Atong currently houses the Study Center for Traditional Hand-Woven Textiles of the Ilocos Region.  It is the hope of the center to achieve sustainability   between scholars and weavers by reintroducing quality made inabel not as ordinary textiles but as artworks produced by artisans.
Balay ni Atong showcases hand  woven  textiles  done  on  traditional  wooden  looms by Ilocano  artisans  using  weaving  techniques   passed  on  through  generations. Woven patterns on the fabric are based on designs of antique blankets and   clothing   materials dating  from  the  1800’s  to  the mid  1900’s.  Although the  reproduced  to  contemporary textiles carry the traditional designs, they are made younger by using colors, scales and some technology of today.
Together with our new  bigger community of Ilocano  weavers, Balay ni Atong  invite you  to join us in exploring the amazing journey of the Ilocano weaving tradition. The spirit of Abel lives on! 
Through  your  patronage  you  are helping keep the inabel tradition alive.

Do you have a shop in Manila?

No, we don't have. Our only studio is in La Union but we have small items at the Ayala Museum and Yuchengco Museum. We also join bazaars, trade fairs and pop ups yearly. You can check the updates at Balay ni Atong FB PAGE

Where is your studio?

Our studio is located at Balay ni Atong, Pindangan Ruins, Carmelite Monastery Compound, San Vicente San Fernando City, La Union.

Are you open daily?

We are open by appointment only from 9:00AM to 12NN and 1:00PM to 4:00PM from Mondays to Saturdays. You can book your appointment via our FB page, email or contact +63 949 886 0837.

Do you ship outside the Philippines?

Yes, we can via DHL or FEDEX. If you have a FEDEX acount it will be easier. Shipping fee will be shouldered by the buyer.

I want to buy something on your website but it seems that i can't check it out. I live outside the Philippines.

Our website is not available outside the Philippines but you can transact directly via our FB, Instagram or via our email (

Can I order a specific color and pattern?

Yes, you can, as long as you are willing to wait. It may take 60 to 90 days depending on the availability of the threads. Please note that not all patterns and designs are can be repeated. To order you can message us at