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(Laguna)

Taka refers
to paper mache
made using carved
wooden sculpture
used as a mold
the craft
originated in
the town of
Paete, Laguna in
the Philippines
the craft
originated in
the town of
Paete, Laguna in
the Philippines
History
• The Paeteños • According to the Paete Phenomenon
,Maria Bague made the first known taka
believe that the in 1920s.
idea originated • It was wrapped around a mold carved
in Mexico with a from wood and painted with decorative
pattern that eventually became toys and
significant ornaments.
difference to • Unfortunately, nobody knows if Maria
Bague’s taka ever existed as her town
what we have in was destroyed by fire and almost all
Paete traces of the takas she produced have
vanished.
Taka-Making
• A takaan, a
carved wooden
sculpture, is
used as a mold
in making taka.
then, layers upon
layers of paper are
glued and
sundried before the
papier-mâché
figures are hand-
painted.
Common and traditional
subjects of taka include
chicken, horse, carabao,
maiden, which is made
primarily for local use.
Due to exposure and migration of Paete
residents to Manila and abroad,
European-influenced paper mache toys
began to be made for export to other
countries, such as Germany. Taka images
now include those of Santa Claus,
reindeer, giraffes, and other subjects
that are in demand