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Hanap Habi is helping weavers weather the pandemic.
As a college student slash activist, Kat Estrella knew she wanted her undegraduate thesis as a clothing technology student in UP Diliman to be about women.When the pandemic struck, derailing not just her academic research but also the lives of the Benguet
Cordillera weavers clamor for help against fake indigenous fabrics.
It is not a secret that many things we own are from and made in China. Their products are sold for cheap, and in today's situation, affordability wins the game. But where do we draw the line in mass prodcution? Baguio City's
Many IG dwellers have also visually expressed their love for this local weave.
I don't know about you, but when Netflix fatigue gets the best of me, I go deep into Youtube's rabbit hole. Lately, my YT marathons have whisked me away into a whole vortex of Korean life vlogs—yes, those 30-minute videos where I
What a tasteful way to celebrate both Mindanao artisans and the elusive art of suiting.
A tasteful, excellently made fusion of fine tailoring and beautiful Philippine weaves? Yes, please. Kaayo Modern Mindanao and Salvo Women have collaborated to bring you just that: an homage to the extraordinary skills of local artisans that also honors the masterful, elusive
It's all about asking the right questions.
In the growing push to patronize local comes the proliferation of designers who have turned to the use of indigenous weaves. Brands like Filip + Inna, Kaayo, and Herman and Co. see to the responsible and ethical use of these textiles while
Meld those local weaves and traditional silhouettes into casual outfits!
Back in school, we grew up celebrating Buwan ng Wika every August, bringing our parents’ traditional Filipino dishes in plastic Tupperwares to share, and practicing for folk dance performances and declamation contests in dialect, but one of the definitive highlights of the month’s
Snag tips from Mindanao-based label Kaayo's latest launch event!
We've long kept admiring eyes on Kaayo, a groundbreaking Davao-based label that champions modern silhouettes mixed with traditional Mindanao woven fabric. "Kaayo means goodness or kindness in Bisaya. It is a curated collection of different Mindanao stories that we creatively put together," founder
Mindanaoan designer Steffy De Mylo will make you want to wear local weaves.
Steffy De Mylo's fashion journey started with big leaps of faith. First, she had no formal training in fashion. Second, the first work she ever showed Heart Evangelista (who has since worn several pieces by her) was a suit she only made overnight. Just
She's wearing a T'nalak jacket by a Davao-based designer!
We can't even begin to imagine how much love, care, and meticulous attention to detail our local Philippine weavers pour out into every length of fabric they create, so whenever a person of notable influence wears a handmade piece, it's a fashion
Take a look at his sweet collection!
Over the past few years, we're seeing local textiles in a new light. They're no longer limited to traditional wear and instead have slowly transcended into contemporary fashion. Local designers are instrumental for this renewed perspective on indigenous fabrics, and one of
The Philippine fashion industry can serve as a platform to help underprivileged communities.
There’s more to fashion than the glitz and glamour. For some businesses, typically referred to as social enterprises, the local fashion industry can serve as a platform to help underprivileged communities by training and recruiting them to become regular employees, and providing
Their button bags and smocked frocks are adorable!
There is something about Good Luck, Humans that makes a person inherently happy. Browsing through their website is a color explosion of bright, cheerful clothing and home furnishings guaranteed to brighten your day. From their chic clutches to their boho-inspired dresses, there’s
Local weaves are transitioning to the next generation as an identity of Filipino life that everyone can wear.
"It is an identity. The abel is usually for special occasions when made into clothing, like ceremonial apparel,” says Abra Governor Joy Bernos of her province’s weave, a practice echoed for the most part throughout modern Philippines, each region bearing something of
Weave enthusiasts, heed her advice.
Meet Cynthia Alberto, a multi-hyphenate Filipina: an artist, weaving activist, teacher, and founder/director of the Brooklyn-based weaving studio, Weaving Hand. Her advocacy as a fiber artist "bridges traditional and contemporary weaving and draws inspiration from ancient communities of Europe, Asia, Latin America,
Inspired by our very own capital!
Christian Louboutin, the world-renowned designer best known for his iconic red-lacquered soles, has dropped a new line of bags— and guess what? They take inspiration from Manila, our country's ever-bustling capital! The collection is aptly named Manilacaba.IMAGE Courtesy of Neiman MarcusChristian Louboutin worked with the