They said I could be anything…

They said I could be anything...
…So I became a NINJA.

I just thought I’d update my picture for the ILLUSTRATOR page.

ancient swagger
Exhibit A

I’ve always had a propensity for extra-lengthy headdress tails. As it turns out, there is historical backing for this propensity; making it accurate to portray Labaw Donggon and Datu Paubari with such windswept accessories.

The pudong or turban was a typical headdress for males. Though in Panay, both sexes were known to wear a sort of headdress or bandana called a saplung. Commoners wrapped rough abaca cloth a few times over their heads and called these pudong-pudong. Warriors who’d killed enemies in the battlefield wore a red pudong called magalong.

The most distinguished warriors, however, had pudongs made of gauze-thin abaca fiber called pinayusan.  These would be dyed a deep scarlet with very fine patterns and buffed to the sheen of silk. With each act of dauntlessness, the pudong of these warriors would be lengthened. Thus, the real heroes were known to have one end of their headdress hang loose—a very ancient manifestation of swagger.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. willie samson says:

    I appreciate very much the info bits about the putong … these bits should be compiled into a book about our ancient dress. All those symbolic touches speak about what were important to our ancestors and give us insights on who we are as Filipinos.

    1. Thank you very much, po. 🙂 The information in the posts are part of the thesis that I’m working on now, it will be compiled soon and made available here on the website.

  2. papeldeliha says:

    So I excited to learn from your thesis/materials! 🙂

    1. Sooooon PG XD
      See you in a month!

  3. Cindy D. says:

    What a great ninja! She is cute but also very tough. And it looks like she’s got energy flowing all around. Very cool.

    1. Hahaha, thank you… I really had fun making this. I did it while taking a break from actual drawing assignments. XD

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