Score super chic and affordable pieces made of Philippine textiles at Likhang Habi 2015
Handmade is always a good idea.
(SPOT.ph) There are over 16 major textiles in the Philippines: abaca, cotton, and silk, to name a few. The Philippine Textile Council has been helping local weavers from Luzon to Mindanao earn from their products by promoting the fabrics around the country, and their annual project, Likhang Habi Market Fair, is now on its fifth year. It will feature more than 50 exhibitors exclusively showcasing Filipino designs at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center, Makati, from October 23 to 25.
The three-day event will showcase handmade weaves like inabel from Ilocos and La Union, piña from Aklan and Palawan, hablon and patadyong from Iloilo, and t’nalak from Mindanao, used in everyday objects. From coats and bags to home decorations, you'll get products that are uniquely Filipino and help the local weaving industry at the same time.
Pure cotton textiles from Bangar, La Union
From high-quality bags to comfortable shoes
Beddings using Mindanao textiles
Wrap up with an Inabel trench
Woven wallets on Mangyan basket magic
There will also be an exhibit of the amazing works of Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan awardee, Lang Dulay, celebrated T'boli Dreamweaver, who passed away in June. Declared a national living treasure in 1998, she was a master t’nalak weaver and brought the T’boli weaving local and worldwide recognition.
The Philippine Textile Council has been pushing for weavers to use natural fibers in a world dominated by synthetic materials. Last year's proceeds funded a cotton crop facility in Batac, Ilocos Norte. They have also been awarded a grant by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts to teach cotton spinning in Miagao, Iloilo.
Likhang Habi runs from October 23 to 25 at the Glorietta 2 Activity Center. For more information, visit Habi's Facebook page.