(SPOT.ph) Every October, the Philippine Textile Council brings together the best local weavers and artisans from all over the country in a three-day Likhang HABI Market Fair. This year is no different as the annual trade show is holding its ninth edition from October 11 to 13 at Glorietta 3 in Makati City.
With the theme “The Highlights of Our HABI Journey," the 2019 trade fair features a HABI Craft Corner that lets visitors learn the basics of weaving using different local fibers and create their own woven products. A total of 52 merchants from all over the Philippines will also showcase traditional textiles like the habol negrense from Negros Occidental, yakan from Basilan, and abel from Ilocos—all to be marketed as raw material or as finished products like handwoven bags from Coco and Tres and shoes from Lakat Sustainables.
“We encourage Likhang HABI fairgoers to immerse themselves in the beautiful weaving communities and traditional textiles of our country. We will have participating weavers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao so the opportunity to learn at the fair is endless," HABI chair Maribel Ongpin said in a statement.
The ninth Likhang HABI Market Fair is also awarding the second Lourdes Montinola Piña Prize, a recognition given to individual or collective ateliers that exhibit the craftsmanship and mastery of turning pineapple fabric into exceptional works of art. The first Lourdes Montinola Piña Prize was awarded to Aklan weaver India Legaspi in 2018.
The ninth Likhang HABI Market Fair runs from October 11 to 13 at Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City. Admission is free. For more information, follow HABI The Philippine Textile Council on Facebook.