By the time she reached the hospital, the woman had already begun to make preparations.
“I put on a scarf and gloves,” she said.
“My daughter also put on an overcoat and gloves.”
The next day, she had her own dragon embroiders ready.
It was time to start the project.
The dragon embroidng dolls are all made by women from the Philippines, and their skill is not only unique but also important.
The Philippines has a large number of indigenous peoples, most of whom have been in the country for thousands of years.
The country has a rich history of arts and crafts and is also known for its diverse cultures, from the traditional art of ceramics to modern-day art styles, such as dragon designs.
“It is an indigenous art form, and I am trying to share it with my daughter and grandchildren,” said Lourdes Carrasco, a member of the Bicol tribe in Mindanao.
The dolls are the first in the Philippines to be made by indigenous women, a trend that is gaining momentum.
Last year, the Philippines surpassed the United States as the world’s biggest producer of indigenous dolls.
“In the past, it was mostly the white women who made them, but the indigenous people have started producing them,” said Carrasquero.
A large part of the country’s cultural identity is based on the indigenous peoples who make the traditional and modern art.
“The women who make them make the masks, and the men make the clothes.
They are all indigenous people,” said Elisa Rodriguez, the director of the Philippine Institute of Culture.
The women make their dolls by hand, using bamboo, cactus, coconut shell and feathers, which they are then tied with rope and woven into the designs.
The traditional costumes are also handcrafted.
“For this reason, we call it the bamboo dance,” said Rodriguez.
“This is the dance of the women, who make their own clothes, masks, masks and clothes.
It is a traditional way of life,” she added.
A female participant of the Philippines’ indigenous art tradition, Lourdens Carrasquetos, holds a handmade dragon embroiderer’s doll, one of several indigenous art dolls made by Filipino women in the southern city of Cebu, on February 12, 2018.
In the Philippines alone, the indigenous women are making more than 1,200 dolls, according to a recent report by the Philippine Center for Human Rights.
The report revealed that indigenous people make up a significant share of the population of the island nation of 3.3 million people, which is home to more than one-third of the world population.
“Indigenous people have been the most active participants in making traditional art since the earliest days of their culture,” said Teresa Cebay, director of cultural heritage at the Philippine Cultural Heritage Center.
“Since colonial times, the arts of indigenous people are considered a cultural and spiritual legacy that goes back many centuries,” Cebays said.
The recent influx of the indigenous artists has coincided with a boom in the global demand for traditional Filipino art, which has increased by a factor of two over the past decade, according the Center for Arts and Culture.
A boom in demand for indigenous art has resulted in an explosion in the number of craft workshops, said Teresa Rodriguez, director, Philippine Institute for Cultural Heritage.
“We are seeing a big increase in the craft workshops.
There are now more than 30,000 of them,” she told Al Jazeera.
In addition to traditional crafts, indigenous artists also make traditional designs such as a cactus tree.
The trees are also used to decorate houses and temples.
“They are the oldest decorative items in the culture, and they are used to make sacred items,” said Cebayan, who added that the traditional designs have also become a symbol of national pride.
The growing demand for the indigenous art forms has created an economic opportunity for the people who make these items.
“There is a lot of demand for these traditional crafts,” said Alisa Rodriguez.
One of the most popular craft workshops in the capital, Manila, is called “The Dance of the Wild” and it has been doing brisk business.
The owner of the shop, Juana, who only gave her first name, said that the demand for their handmade items has gone through the roof in recent years.
“People started asking us for samples of the embroideries,” she explained.
“And they sell for about US$1,000 or more.” “
So we started making the designs themselves,” she continued.
“And they sell for about US$1,000 or more.”
But the demand is also coming from other parts of the globe.
In Australia, a new craze has started in recent months, with people looking to buy traditional crafts from local women.
“These are very important because they have been passed down for generations,” said Juana.
“When we sell them, we are