Linen buntal is a thick abaca straw woven like linen. The fibres are flat like sheaths of straw.
It is called 'tinalak' by its traditional weavers, the T'boli people from Mindanao Island in the Philippines. The T'boli believe that the art of weaving was taught to their ancestors in dreams; this tribe is sometimes known as 'the dream-weavers'.
Traditional tinalak is woven in pattern sequences, most often in black, red and white.
Linen buntal is a soft but durable fabric. It is excellent for free-shaping because its texture is malleable and wonderfully forgiving. It is pliable and drapeable, also great for blocking and ironing on the bias.
This is a material which is very new to Australian millinery. It has a huge amount of potential for creating a new look in hats.
Interested in learning more about working with linen buntal, but don't know how to use it? Contact us to ask any questions - we're always happy to help! - or keep an eye on our millinery workshop schedule for classes on working with this gorgeous material!