Kandama Collective recently brought the spotlight to Ifugao textile at the Paris Fashion Week. The local brand showcased their Fiesta Filipiniana collection at a runway show organized by the International Indigenous Fashion Week in support of their #SaveTheWeave advocacy.
Kandama, along with other indigenous designers, staged a culturally rich fashion show at the Gustav Salon located at the iconic Eiffel Tower.
The collection featured proudly Filipino-made pieces, including serpentine gown ternos, terno-inspired suits, voluminous bubble dresses, and statement blazers made from Ifugao textiles and woven by local communities from the Julongan Village in Kiangan, Ifugao.
Kandama Collective was founded by the Singapore International Foundation with the support of McKinsey & Company under the Young Social Entrepreneurs Program in 2016. It aims to promote Kiangan, Ifugao as a social enterprise where women can have plenty of economic opportunities while preserving the art of handloom weaving. They also aspire to protect the environment through eco-friendly manufacturing practices. The collective is now headed by Victor Baguilat Jr.