Philippines  (Asia)

Philippines. A friend of mine went to the Philippines in 1978 and in 1980. He bought the 1st set in Baguio. Not sure who did make this set. He bought the 2nd set in an Igorot Village on Luzon. The Igorot tribe is famous for its woodcarving.

July 2021 a similar set as the 1st here was offered on Ebay as "Vintage Philippine Maria Clara Chess Set Narra & Kamagong Wood 5”K". The description said a.o.: The set is inspired by the local "folk heroine" Maria Clara from the novel of Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal (1861-1896). The heroine inspired a dance, a song and a form of national dress. The set originates from the Ivatan people of the Batanes islands, which is the northern most region of the Philippines. As with other higher quality Filipino sets, the natural hardwoods are polished and oiled. The white side is made from Acacia or Narra wood (Light Brown), and the black side is made from Kamagong or Banti wood (Dark Brown).

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  • Philippines, Baguio
  • 1978
  • Wood K 12.0; p 5.5
  • Philippines, Luzon, by Igorot
  • 1980
  • Wood K 11.7; p 10.3