KANVAS is a social Enterprise that creates everyday essentials blended with traditional woven fabric for the modern urbanite.
Kanvas Introduced traditional weaves and indigenous materials for everyday essentials for the modern urbanite.
Promotion of weaving culture and empowerment of communities for livelihood opportunities are Kanvas’s priority focus.
As designers, we designed products for the use of students, employees, mothers, teenagers, artists, balikbayans, foreigners, etc. In reality, the line of products we have is for everybody.
Kanvas started with laptop sleeves and gadgets sleeves. Through the years, we expanded into tote bags, handbags, wristlets, drawstring bags, sling bags, etc. The Canvas material is being used for all our products. We believe that with the use of canvas, the capacity to express one’s creative design on material is limitless. It gave us the space to work around the different woven fabrics because of its simplicity, uniqueness and adaptability. Kanvas products are all accented with local weaves from the regions of ILOILO (Hablon and sinamay), Bukidnon (Hinabol), and Cotabato (T’nalak). We have expanded the use of local weaves from Kalinga and from other tribal prints.
Kanvas also envisions educating the poor communities, on traditional weaving, and on product development and production. They were taught design and production through their involvement in the process. We looked for people in the community who were interested and willing to be part of the whole process. We are in partnership with a GK community whom we started working with for our products. These are groups of women who wish to make a living to support their families. Kanvas is in continuous relationship with the community in creating different products. They are always looking forward to more involvement in Kanvas production.
Although Kanvas has been in operation for 4 years, it has successfully achieved an awareness and acceptance of its products through DTI (national trade fairs, arts and crafts in SM Megamall) and other prominent bazaar activities in Iloilo (Produkto Lokal trade fairs), Ayala Mall, Robinsons Antipolo, International Bazaar c/o DFA, and others. We also attended KMME-Mentor Me and OTOP programs with DTI. KANVAS products are of good quality (durable), affordable and multi-functional. We have also supplied to doctors’ conventions, producing giveaways and company Christmas souvenirs to staff.