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What is Rag in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Sizes

What is Rag in Tagalog? History, Designs, and Sizes

Cleaning Tools
A rag in Tagalog is called “basahan,” which consists of pieces of cloth known as "retaso" and is utilized as a cleaning tool. The term "basahan" is derived from "basa" (wet), indicating its purpose of cleaning or drying surfaces. Rags are different from rag rugs, which are also woven from recycled cloth. Yet, a rag rug in Filipino is also "basahan." The origin of cleaning rags is believed to date back to the Stone Age, the era when fabric first appeared. This practical necessity arose due to the absence of specialized cleaning materials. Throughout history, various cultures have adopted the practice of utilizing old fabrics to clean objects and surfaces. The term "rag" originated in the 1400s as a verb denoting the act of tearing fabric to create a rag. These fabrics were primari...