For the members of the Hanonoon Mangyan Youth and Women Weaving Association, an SLT located in Bulalacao in Oriental Mindoro, "burungan" is a painstaking and timeconsuming affair, involving the spinning of bunang or thread out of burak or wild cotton. Using birikan (a bowl acting as a plinth for the burungan) and the burungan (a spool formed from the betel nut tree), bunang is spun as it is pulled from the wool of burak. Before any actual weaving occurs, it would take several months of spinning bunang "rst just to have enough material to be able to weave any article of clothing. Then, color is infused in the bunang with dye extracted from tagum leaf, while apog (lime) is used to ensure the adhering of the dye. Thus, a condition of special care and attention is needed during weaving, so as not to waste the treasured puron or ball of bunang.
Master teacher and weaving specialist Omeng Sudayi is ever mindful of this condition. She, along with fellow SLT master artists Edith Basa and Marta Villegas, each one possessed of a skill and a quality of work predicated on the value of puron, produce nothing less than stunningly beautiful woven items.