Handloom weaving is a process where thread that makes up the warp and weft are interwoven in an upright wooden handloom (in Ilocano, we call it "pag-ablan") by one or two weavers. Ilocano blankets or Ilocos blankets (also called inabel) are made from yarns of cotton, polyester, acrylic and rayon. The yarns are arranged in a wooden handloom to create varied and unique designs.
Two weavers work on a single wooden handloom to produce inabel blankets. The process is intricate and labor-intensive especially for trambia, brocade and overshot weaves so weavers must master synchronizing the movements of their hands and feet to properly use the wooden handloom.
Ilocano inabel blankets are generally known for their durability and craftsmanship. They are very sturdy and beautifully-designed. Trambia blankets are thick enough and will keep you warm against the cold. During summer months, you can drape it over your tummy and it won't be smoldering hot. Wasig blankets on the other hand, may be your best bet to keep you warm all year round.