Embroidered mat is made of Ticog (Fimbristylis Globulosa) or tikog as it is known locally, is considered as the most important matting sedge in the country. The stem is woven into hats, slippers, mats, cushions, and market bags. The stems are used either whole or split. After being gathered, they are bleached for several days thru direct sunlight. A fully-grown ticog reaches up to three meters. Its width ranges from 1.5mm up to 6mm, with the finer types being preferred by weavers. Ticog is widely distributed in the Philippines. It grows in low altitudes specifically in swampy areas along rice fields.