Found in a wooden coffin in Banton, Romblon, together with associated early blue and white ceramics, this piece of ikat-dyed abaca cloth, made sometime in the 13th or 14th century, is the oldest known warp ikat textile in Southeast Asia.
Surely, there were other pieces of cloth much older than the Banton cloth, but these have not survived up to our time.
The terms are used interchangeably, but the Itneg see themselves as Itneg.
The difference lies with outsiders who divide the group into Itneg (from iti uneg, meaning, “the interior”) or those who live in the interior highlands; and the Tinguian or those who live closer to the lowland Christian Ilocos and Abra.
Of the Northern Luzon textiles still available today, the most decorative are those made by the Itneg of Abra, particularly the dinapat with stylized human figures and the famous binakael (meaning, “spherical”) pieces of op-art that confuse the eye.