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Likhang HABI Market Fair goes online for the first time
Driven by its advocacy to preserve and promote the local textile industry, HABI: The Philippine Textile Council continues to provide platforms for local weavers to showcase their work to more people.
This year, in keeping with the times, the Likhang HABI Market Fair is going online for the first time at www.shophabifair.com from October 21 to 27. The annual trade fair used to be held at the Glorietta Activity Center.
“Since we are not allowed to gather in large groups because of the pandemic, the online edition of the Likhang HABI Market Fair is our way of helping to sustain the local weaving economy,” says HABI president Adelaida Lim. “And we urge our HABI friends to join us in this endeavor.”
A pioneer in artisan fairs and local textile advocacy, the Likhang HABI Online Market Fair will showcase sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle products from over 30 merchants representing various weaving communities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Since 2009, HABI has been providing traditional weavers and local weaving communities platforms to further enhance their skills in creative design and modern marketing by exchanging ideas with consumers, designers, and traders. The Likhang HABI Market Fair allows them to innovate and to level up to modern trends.
“There are many beautiful fabrics from the different areas in our country. One of our main goals at HABI is to make sure that our traditional textiles will still be a part of our modern lifestyle as we transition to the new normal,” says HABI chairperson Maribel Ongpin.
HABI also continues its long-term commitment and advocacy of reviving the use of pure Philippine cotton, a fiber that is very much a part of the Filipino culture. HABI has partnered with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA) to give our local weavers with organic cotton seeds and threads for its Cotton Adoption Project to boost its position in the handloom weaving industry.