Nov 9, 2011

OKIR: PROUDLY MARANAO






















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Okkir or okkil is the term for geometric  and flowing designs (often based on an elaborate leaf and vine pattern) and folk motifs that can be usually found in Maranao and Muslim-influenced artwork, especially in the southern Philippines, and in some parts of Southeast Asia. Okir a dato refers to the ornamental design for men and okir a bay to that for women.
In the Philippines, an ancient proof of okir's style of flowering symbols is the torogan, the ancestral home of the highest titleholder in a Maranao village. It is a symbol of power and prestige usually adorned during festivities. Its prominent part is the panolong, a carved beam that protrudes in the front of the house and styled with okir motif. The okir design is found woven or printed in textiles, carved into wooden cemetery markers and wooden boxes, and it can also be found etched into knife or sword blades and handles, and cast or etched into various brass and silver objects. Source: WIKIPEDIA

My First Okir design which depicts the colorful culture and arts of the Maranao's


I really love Okir because of it's colorful design which means that Maranao should be very proud of. With pencil as a tool and colored it using water color pen.