Inventory number SA 35769
Rattan container with a lid that still contains remains of rice seeds. Some villages in Ifugao store their rice seeds in rattan containers, which allow natural ventilation of the seeds, which allows the desired moisture and quality to be maintained. Selected varieties of rice seeds were kept in bins and stored in the traditional houses like a seed bank system so that one could choose which variety to grow in specific fields depending on the conditions and preferences during the growing season. Over time, the Ifugao have grown different types of rice and observed the properties of these types of rice, as this was very important in traditional rice cultivation. Text: Prof. Dr. Leah E. Abayao, Cordillera Studies Center, UP Baguio.