Rain or Shine Shield: Language and Ropes of Sadok Making

Author: Loyalda T. Bolivar (University of Antique, Philippines)
Speaker: Loyalda T. Bolivar
Topic: Anthropological Linguistics
The (SCOPUS / ISI) SOAS GLOCAL CALA 2020 General Session


A sadok or salakot is a farmer’s cherished possession, protecting him from the sun or rain. The use of Sadok, persisting up to the present, has many uses. The study of Sadok Making was pursued to highlight an important product in Sadok, as a cultural tradition in the community as craft, art, and part of indigenous knowledge in central Antique in the Philippines. Despite that this valuable economic activity needs sustainability, it is given little importance if not neglected, and seems to be a dying economic activity.The qualitative study uses ethnophenomenological approaches to gather data using interviews and participant observation, which aims to describe the importance of Sadok Making. It describes how the makers learned the language of Sadok making, especially terms related to materials and processes.The study revealed that the makers of Sadok learned the language from their ancestors. They have lived with them and interacted with them since they were young. Sadok making is a way of life. They observe their parents work and assisted the work which allowed them to learn Sadok making. They were exposed to this process through observations and hands-on activities or ‘on-the-job’ informal training. They were adept with the terms related to the materials and processes involved in the making of Sadok as they heard these terms from them. They learned the terms bamboo, rattan, tabun-ak (leaves used) and nito (those creeping vines) are materials used in Sadok making. They further revealed that the processes involved in the making of Sadok is long and tedious, starting from the soaking, curing and drying of the bamboo, cleaning and cutting these bamboo into desired pieces, then with the intricacies in arranging the tabun-ak or the leaves, and the weaving part, right every after a group of leaves is arranged, up to the last phase of decorating the already made Sadok. In summary, socialization indeed is one important factor in learning the language and the ropes of a certain cultural practice like Sadok Making. It is an important indigenous knowledge that must be communicated to the young ones for it to become a sustainable economic activity which could impact to the economy of the locality. Local government units should give attention to this indigenous livelihood for mainstreaming. Studies that would help in the enhancement of the products can likewise be given emphasis.

Keywords: Language of Sadok Making, Indigenous Livelihood, Survival, Tradition, Materials, Processes