Ai- she Footwear is known for its fashionable espadrilles that were made locally. It is based in Liliw, Laguna and is helping different communities by collaborating with their talents and hard earned creations. Almost all of our products were espadrilles with Abaca Fiber, Hand weaved cloth or Embroidered from different provinces in our country. Ai-She has been in the Industry for 14 years and is continuously providing livelihood not just to the local community in Laguna but also in different places, like Bicol, Ilocos and Benguet.
Our line of limited edition jewelry-inspired home accents. For your home or office (or nowadays home office), these wood, metal and gemstone tabletop vessels serve as accents and containers plus brighten up your space as well. Handmade and sustainably farmed in collaboration with Marsse Farms of Pangasinan.
ANTHILL is Alternative Nest and Trading or Training Hub for Indigenous and Ingenious Little Livelihood seekers, a social
and cultural enterprise in Cebu, Philippines working to provide sustainable livelihood to Filipino artisans all over the
country. We do this through our ecosystem model and by providing market access and capacity building through our
Community Enterprise Development Program that aim to increase the entrepreneurial skills of artisans so they can become
self-reliant and thrive in their craft business.
Through an innovative and sustainable ecosystem business model, ANTHILL serves as a (1) Materials Source of Philippine
textiles, (2) a Design Centre bringing together Design Collaborators in fashion to upscale the value of our weaves through
product development and innovation, (3) a Central Market Place for our partner communities to have access to market and
expand their reach and distribution, and (4) a Community Enterprise Developer. ANTHILL works for cultural continuity
and sustainability by provide capacity building workshops through our Community Enterprise Development Program
among our direct partner communities from across the Philippines representing the 3 major islands and the indigenous,
rural and urban sectors. These are courses on (1) Cultural Appreciation, (2) Product Design and Innovation, (3) Business
Skills Transfer, (4) Master and Apprentice Program and (5) Financial Literacy and Savings Program. About 80% of our
profits are reinvested in our communities. ANTHILL is also conscious on its environmental impact and practices zero waste
production through upcyling from raw materials (thread, scrap fabrics) to actual by-product
ANTHILL Fabric Gallery
Our manufacturing process has always been a grass-roots process. Since our inception in 2008, our process has always been based on traditional harvesting methods, woven in a time-honored manner primarily by women in our local community.
Our primary materials are sea grass, karagumoy, abaca, and buri.
Bicol Sweetgrass Handicrafts is a family-owned and operated business, with many members of the local community involved in all aspects of production; growing,harvesting, weaving, framing, and sewing. Some of the more intricate items are also woven by specialized weavers.
This is the primary source of income for the majority of our team, and we are proud to have built a company that has benefited so many families for more than a decade. The industry's main challenge today is in attracting a new generation of workers in order to keep it viable.
The key to our long-term viability is to keep it fresh. We are constantly looking for new looks, new products, and crossovers into new markets with products for the growing, environmentally sensitive tourism sector. Here we supply eco-friendly products for guests to enjoy, thankfully replacing the one-time use of plastic products.
Invitations to industry events, where we can display our products and meet potential customers. have greatly aided our continued success.
Among our product lines are reusable shopping baskets, handbags, place mats, trays, hampers, storage units, food covers, waste bins, and made-to-order units. To increase customer engagement during these difficult times, we are expanding our online presence and joining e-commerce platforms.
Bicol Sweetgrass Handicrafts
A Lifestyle Brand of Filipiniana Casual Clothing.
Promote Filipino Heritage through Casual Clothing.
“Atin ku pung singsing
Metung yang timpukan
Amana ke iti
King indung ibatan.”
Taken from the Kapampangan Folk Song “Atin Ku Pung Singsing”, “Amana” is a Kapampangan word that means inherited. On the other hand “Camisa” is a Spanish word for shirt. Thus Camisa Amana can be loosely translated as Heritage Clothing. Camisa Amana aims to promote Filipino heritage in casual clothing combining comfort and culture.
Our simple way of bringing Filipino traditional clothing to the modern everyday wear. We incorporate embrodierings and handwoven textile to casual clothing to make it appealing to the present time. Camisa Amana supports embroidery traditions in Pampanga and weavings in Abra, Iloilo and Aklan.
Our 2021 collection is inspired by the Maria Clara that suits the empowered Filipina of the present time; strong, feminine, nurturing.
Balancing environment, economy, and ethics in product innovation.
Weaving Through Negros
By Mike Claparols
Since 2008, Mike and Banj Claparols of Creative Definitions have dedicated themselves to providing world-class Negrense products in the local market, continuously striving to innovate and open more opportunities for its producers. Almost a decade later, they made a major shift by becoming a social enterprise when they partnered with several weaving communities on Negros Island in the Philippines. The collaborations aim to achieve long-term sustainability not only for Creative Definitions but also for the communities. This can only be possible if certain practices are adopted, such as the use of indigenous natural materials, fair trade, ethical marketing, design innovation, as well as taking into account environmental and cultural influences. Putting it simply, sustainability means that there should be a balance between the environment, the economy, and ethics.
The first of these partnerships was established in 2017 with the Negros 9 Kabankalan Weavers. Living in a remote area in the mountains of Kabankalan, Negros Occidental, the weavers were organized in 2014 by Fr. Brian Gore and other members of the community in Barangay Sitio Bantolinao, to create a steady source of income and improve the community’s fledgling weaving industry. Their craftsmanship and commitment attracted the attention of Creative Definitions and a partnership was arranged to help the group with product development and marketing. From nine weavers, the Negros 9 has grown to 13 weavers. Other groups have lent support. The Loom Project donated four handlooms and another two came from Artefino’s Heartefino Project. Today, the handwoven products of the Negros 9 are exclusively marketed by Creative Definitions in Manila and the international market.
The following year, another weaving group, also in Kabankalan, caught the notice of Creative Definitions. The Oringao Abaca Handloom Weavers Association was originally set up with assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry. In 2018, Creative Definitions and the weavers went into a partnership agreement to undertake a trial project to weave fabrics made of Philippine cotton. There are currently three active weavers in this community.
In 2019, Creative Definitions partnered with a master weaver from a nearby town in Negros Occidental. Helen Managuit of Valladolid comes from a family of weavers and claims that her mother taught her the unique weave patterns never before seen in other weaving communities. Creative Definitions assists Helen in opening new markets and increasing production capacity. With the assistance of Creative Definitions, three new looms were acquired as Helen plans to teach new weavers in her community.
Crossing the mountains in 2019, Creative Definitions partnered with another dynamic group of weavers, this time from Bacong town in Negros Oriental. The Bacong Weavers of Negros Oriental specialize in sinamay weaving using an indigenous abaca variety. Currently, product development is being done to weave fabrics that combine cotton and abaca fibers.
Creative Definitions has found a viable business model in balancing environment, economy, and ethics. The social enterprise’s continued search for new materials and production techniques has led to unique sustainable products, like handwoven fabrics that are 100% made of cotton. In the near future, Creative Definitions will also introduce handwoven fabrics made of blended yarns from cotton, pineapple, abaca, bamboo, and banana. More interestingly, it will introduce sustainable handwoven fabrics with water repellence using the SMARTEX technology and nonwoven textile technologies, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Textile Research Institute.
Lakat Sustainable Footwear
This is an output of Creative Definitions’ collaboration with the Negros 9 Kabankalan weavers in Negros Occidental. By experimenting with locally-sourced natural fibers like pineapple blended with cotton for the uppers, using virgin rubber from Mindanao for the outer sole, and then tapping the craftsmanship of gifted Marikina shoemakers, Creative Definitions has produced its own line of sustainable footwear. Lakat Sustainables is a line of hand sewn shoes, inspired by the advocacy of improving people’s lives in partner communities and local fiber crop farmers.
Lakat Sustainables will initially be made of handwoven pineapple-cotton blended fabric. With the help of the Philippine Textile Research Institute, Creative Definitions is undertaking research in the use of other fibers, including abaca, banana, maguey, bamboo, and silk.
A new approach to leatherwork and metalcraft.
A marriage of the practical and emotional.
Where the heart meets the head.
DANO is an interdisciplinary design house that takes a new approach to creating universally
functional and emotional objects made of natural materials: leather and metal.
DANO is founded in 2010 by Dano Tingcungco, a television journalist, writer, producer and
third-generation shoemaker from Marikina City, a place known for its discipline in leatherwork
DANO is its founder's return to his shoemaking roots--anchored by his personal history but
informed by the here and now and an outward-looking view.
The House seeks to find emotional connections in all aspects of daily living through objects that
are always the first witnesses of anyone’s struggle and triumph: footwear, bags and jewelry.
All DANO objects are intentionally unisex and are designed and each built by hand to adapt and
take on the client’s personality and life, making these objects inherently unique and collectible.
Some objects are further extended into personalization. Most DANO footwear is custom order,
further making each object one of a kind, even when cut from the same codes.
Objects developed using the private Bespoke service are even more personal: they are made
from patterns developed solely for the client and will not be replicated for anyone else.
Every DANO object is developed of pure emotion with a deep understanding of keeping the
balance between the practical and aspirational. Every object is fundamentally a marriage of the
heart and the mind.
Ditta Sandico is a Filipino fashion designer who has worked with Banana fibers for the past 35 years. She has become a byword in the local crafts community and has continually carved her niche in the international scene.
She started her own company called Cache Apparels in 1985 and has grown her company from a handful of sewers to creating an atelier that serves the growing needs of the populace.
She strives to craft smart, timeless pieces using organic indigenous fabrics, in the hopes of promoting her country’s natural resources and advocating a sustainable way of life. Her passion for fabrics has transformed itself into a life devoted to promoting the use of these local textiles and supporting communities that produce them.
In 2005, she trail blazed and marketed herself as the “wrap artiste” of Philippine fashion, focusing mainly on designing wraps made of Banaca, which is a fabric made of Banana and Abaca that she pioneered in developing. Like the butterflies’ gossamer wings, she wraps women in wonder. She has produced several hundreds of her Mariposa wraps that now grace the front covers of lifestyle magazines as well as worn by a prominent roster of women around the world.
As a young child, growing up and immersing herself with the Mangyan tribes of Mindoro have been part and parcel of what molded her into the woman she is now. They were her first teachers in the art of weaving, and this will come full circle as she goes back and devote herself to their community once again.
EN Barong Filipino, Incorporated is a family-owned enterprise established during the year 1961 in Quezon City. In a bit over 50 years, it has built a reputation for creating high-quality men’s apparel and distinguishing itself among makers of the Barong Tagalog. In devoting meticulous attention and respect to the national attire, EN Barong Filipino has elevated the design and creation of the barong.
Tradition and innovation – these values take shape in every product that is designed and crafted by EN Barong Filipino, Incorporated. In preserving a unique part of the Filipino culture, the company has the advocacy of supporting local weavers and embroiderers. The work of these artists’ hands comprises an integral part of the company’s product line. While paying homage to the proud national history that gave birth to such a distinct formal attire, the company continues to find new interpretations that keep the barong fresh, current, and unique. The barong, though intertwined with the national identity, is not confined to antiquity. For EN Barong Filipino, it is always evolving, keeping pace with every new generation that takes pride in what they wear.
EN Barong Filipino
The word “ennoble” literally means “to make noble, or to elevate.” This has been Ennoble's ethos since its inception in 2017.
This small-batch design studio aims to ennoble natural materials and traditional craft techniques. They do so by collaborating with different community-based handicraft makers who are mostly from the province of Bulacan, where they are also based. There, they inject the traditional with an unapologetically quirky twist, turning the ordinary, into something more fun and joyful. Their original Chibi Shih tzu basket, for instance, was a hit among fur parents and plant parents alike that it started the shih tzu basket trend, inspiring several imitations along the way.
Ennoble was co-founded by Jeffy de Jesus, an industrial designer and design faculty with almost a decade of experience in working with grassroot handicraft communities all over the Philippines. With his past engagements with government agencies and NGOs such as World Vision, UNDP, Care International, and DTI, it is thus second nature for Ennoble to be inspired to uplift the lives of their artisans. Hence, everything they do with their makers is a creative and collaborative process, and they always make sure that the artisans’ compensation is transparent, ethical, and dignified.
There is this joyful, elated spirit Ennoble exudes. At face value, one can say it has something to do with their quirky designs. But as you dig deeper into their vibrant offerings, it is actually more about the joy of lifting – and ennobling – artisans and handicraft design.
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 sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle products. Items from the HABI Booth are selected from weaving communities around the Philippines.
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HABI Thoughtful Gift Baskets
My grandfather, Alex, was a 14 year old orphan when he learned how to weave rattan. He was too small and thin to bend the large rattan poles into furniture frames. So he started with the outer skin which he wove into what is known as a Solihiya mat, used on the seats and backs of chairs, in those days before monobloc plastic and mass production.
My grandmother was raised by her single mother,, She helped ends meet by twisting reeds into rope in preparation for basket weavers.
Habi Home Shop is a nod to the industry and perseverance of my grandparents working with organic materials to create simple, functional, objects that transform homes, and the lives of the people who make them.
I am the third generation in my family working with handwoven natural plant fibers. My hope is that the world returns to using natural materials in our homes. Materials that are non-toxic, and biodegradable. The hope is that we stop using plastic and chemicals in our home. We hope that Habi Home Shop will show you ways that we can be greener, more simple, and lessen our carbon footprint starting in your own home.
Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) is a department under the Provincial Government of Batangas, mandated to be the primary planning, programming, coordinating, and implementing office in the development and promotion of the tourism industry and the various cultural affairs concerns in the province.
Habing Ibaan is the product itself, the hand-woven fabrics of Ibaan, Batangas.
SM Sunrise Weaving Association is a group of women from Brgy. Munting-Tubig, a place in Ibaan, Batangas who have managed to preserve the skill, industry and culture in making hand-woven fabrics.
PTCAO is the marketing arm of SM Sunrise Weaving Association. PTCAO provides assistance to Habing Ibaan weavers (SM Sunrise Weaving Association) to give them more employment and livelihood opportunities while at the same time preserving the traditions and culture of their town.
The Indigenous People (IP) of the Island of Mindoro are collectively known as Mangyans. There are eight Mangyan ethnic groups and one of them is the Iraya-Mangyan. In Puerto Galera, there are approximately 300 Iraya families who live at the foot of Mt. Malasimbo in Sitio Talipanan.
Nito weaving is one of the livelihood activities of the Iraya. Through the support of Mrs. Bea M. Zobel, they were able to create beautiful and functional nito products. Some Iraya women were also taught how to weave and sew fashionable bags and accessories, which are included in the Iraya-Mangyan Art brand.
Purchasing these products will not only help our Iraya-Mangyan earn a living but will provide them the opportunity to promote and be proud of their own culture and traditions.
Ayala Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, manages the implementation of Iraya Mangyan Development Program in the said Iraya community. Development interventions include education, health, and livelihood.
Iraya Mangyan Art
For over a decade, potter Joey de Castro has dedicated himself to teaching pottery and living out its long and exacting process. An advocate of its traditional methods, Joey literally builds everything from the ground up. From making his own mixture of clay, glazes, and tools- every ingredient is painstakingly prepared and created. A consummate potter, Joey single-handedly monitors the kiln temperature when firing which usually lasts to eight (8) hours minimum up to 24 hours. He takes no shortcuts and makes no compromises, bringing a very personal, distinct touch and depth of character to all his works.
Joey has been actively participating and spearheading the movement to unify the local community of contemporary stoneware potters. His aim is to put pottery to the level of awareness of the regular Filipino, and distinguish the artist from the artisan. This commitment and passion to the art brought him teaching stints in the UP College of Fine Arts beginning 2009, and the opening of his own Sierra Madre Pottery Studio in 2011.
Keeping this singular goal in mind led him to opening his own gallery-- Sierra Madre Gallery- a gallery dedicated exclusively to Filipino ceramic art, and a platform for emerging Filipino ceramicist to showcase their works to a wider audience, and a decent source of livelihood.
Joey De Castro’s Affiliations:
Putik Potters AssociationTropical Blaze and Bond Klay Keramik International in Thailand.
Joey De Castro’s works may be found in:
Aphro, Pinto Art Museum, Tin-aw Art Gallery, Avellana Art Gallery, The Boston Gallery, and Gallery Orange
His works have graced Manila’s premiere hotels such as Nobu, Conrad Manila and Makati Shangri-La.
Joey De Castro Pottery
Kandama is a social enterprise founded by Victor Baguilat Jr. in 2016. It was incubated under the Young Social Entrepreneurs Program of the Singapore International Foundation. Its mission includes providing economic opportunities to indigenous women, preserving the tradition of handloom weaving, and helping the community protect the environment that sustains the rice terraces, specifically in Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao.
Kandama organized women of Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao to start their organization of weavers. Since its inception, it has established three weaving centers, conducted five workshops on weaving in collaboration with the Philippine Textile and Research Institute (PTRI) and two workshops on community development and women empowerment in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP). In addition, Kandama has also donated at least fifteen upright looms and more than one thousand kilograms of threads to indigenous women to jumpstart their livelihood as weavers.
As a social enterprise, Kandama applies commercial strategies to make its social impact sustainable. As such, it co-creates with the weavers in making artisanal garments that appeal to the global market. Kandama connects the weavers to the global market by participating in trade shows and by showcasing its products in global fashion shows in New York, Paris, Melbourne and Hong Kong, among many others.
Kandama Social Enterprise
Knitting Expedition is a social enterprise that crafts quirky toys, handmade home accessories and woolly warmers which are hand knit by mamas who tend the rice terraces in Uhaj, Ifugao. Knitting allows these women to earn an income, without having to leave their ancestral lands so they can preserve their centuries-old culture and tradition of rice terrace farming and continue to provide sustenance for generations of their families.
Knitting Expedition is a brand that signifies our journey as knitters and the distance that the hand knit products have to travel to make it to your homes.
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.
Kvs Bags and Apparels
The search for the Living Treasures of Ilocos Sur was launched by Governor Deogracias Savellano in 2009, with the aim to find the best craftsmen, to pass on their expertise to the younger generation. Continuing the tradition of their craftmanship to make them known worldwide, a marketing arm was needed to find markets for their products. Hence, an advocacy was organized by Mrs. Geraldyn Savellano to promote their products in various bazaars in October 2013. It was then that she met the "big stores"; who appreciated their products and made quite a sizeable amount of orders. La Bon Vie Enterprise was then put up to continue finding markets for their products, to professionalize the system of production, and the packaging of the products. Today, these craftsmen enjoy the sustainable income they have earned through their craftsmanship. It has definitely improved their lives, empowering them to be more creative.
La Bonne Vie
Linea Etnika is a Filipino artisanal brand inspired by heritage and powered by
women. The brand embraces the slow fashion movement and advocates to enable
traditional handloom weaving to flourish by making weaves mainstream. Over the years,
we have produced retail clothing, shoes and fashion accessories for women which have
showcased Yakan Weaves from Zamboanga City and Basilan. The brand aesthetic
adheres to timeless, elegant and versatile fashion which allows freedom of movement
and expression. In 2020, we ventured into home furnishings with Linea Etnika Casa when
staying at home became the new normal.
Linea Etnika is an avenue to collaborate with communities and like minded brands
who value women empowerment, dignity of work, loving local and making things happen
with gratitude. It is deeply rooted in Zamboanga City because of a relationship Maria
Clara Lorenzo Lobregat started with the Yakan Weaving Village in Zamboanga. Caling
Lobregat as she was fondly called is known as Nana del Ciudad (mother of the city) and
a culture champion. She continues to inspire the brand as she turns 100 in heaven this
year. She is the late grandmother of Linea Etnika co-founder, Looie Lobregat, who
believes that the brand’s mission is to nurture sustainably.
We have a direct relationship with the Yakan People in Zamboanga City and their
network of over 20 women weavers. The connection goes beyond purchasing precious
Yakan weaves and product development. We have been involved in infrastructure
projects to improve the weaving centers, cement common pathways, upgrade the
community toilet and drainage system, as well as landscaping the surroundings through
both private and government funding.
We knew that 2021 would be special even amidst this pandemic because of our
5th anniversary in April. We imagined celebrating meaningfully and planned with
our brand values in mind. Here we introduce the La Hermosa earrings from our Mascota
Collection to salute our 5th. We also feature Yakan Bucket Hats from our Village Finds
Thank you universe for the paths we’ve crossed, for the humans we’ve connected
with, for the lessons we’ve learned and for allowing us to remain true to our core. We
hope our products bring you joy and contentment!!
Linea Etnika Incorporated
Our mission is to carry the legacy of Filipino heirloom jewelry well into the future. Working with authentic pre-colonial to turn-of-the-century pieces, we revive old ways to bring new meaning to modern designs.
We thoughtfully create each piece to last a lifetime – handcrafted from solid gold and silver acquired from responsible, verifiable and honest sources.
Maria Angelica evokes the aura of the past in pieces made for the present. Our unique approach is an homage to Filipino ingenuity—mastering centuries of Philippine artistic tradition and making it our own.
HABI and its advocacy has always been close to the owner’s heart. The group initially bought up all the textiles produced, just to encourage the weavers to continue. Answering the call to come up with products that can showcase said textiles and weaves, Melograno shifted to products that showcased such weaves.
Designed and made in Manila, Philippines, Monica Madrigal is a ready-to-wear brand for women that takes silhouettes that are simple, modern and easy to wear, and combines these with traditional, handwoven fabrics from different indigenous tribes in the Philippines. We work mainly with the Negros 9 weavers from Negros Occidental and the Maranao weavers of Marawi, Lanao del Sur. We collaborate with them to create customized, one-of-a-kind weave designs which make each of our pieces special and unique, and truly a piece of our Filipino culture that you can proudly wear every day.
Narda’s is a project of Narda Capuyan that started in 1972 in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines weaving blankets from recycled acrylic yarns. Narda, a family planning nurse whose hand-knitting hobby attracted the mothers, encouraged the women to weave to keep them busy from making more babies.
Through series of experimentations, Narda revived the Cordillera Ikat designing and dyeing threads ranging from subtle pastels to vivid earth tones. Ikat is a very old tradition of tying and dyeing segments of threads before actual weaving.
The big break came in 1982 when Bloomingdale’s in New York featured Narda’s products in an all-Philippine sales exhibition. The show popularized Narda’s Ikat and brought her to Japan, Europe and Canada. Neiman Marcus, Lord and Taylor, Marshal Fields in the U.S.A. and Hudson’s Bay in Canada were some of Narda’s initial buyers.
The highly innovative direction that the work has taken garnered for Narda’s in 1982, the GOLDEN SHELL AWARD – the most prestigious award given by the Ministry of Trade for excellence in exports and for reviving a dying indigenous art. Many other awards followed but more significant was the outstanding COUNTRYSIDE INVESTOR AWARD presented to Narda’s by President Corazon C. Aquino in 1989 for providing livelihood to over 600 indigenous women weavers and sewers at that time. Her story was likewise used by the Development Bank of the Philippines in their T.V. ad to encourage entrepreneurship. The AGORA AWARD for Export Marketing followed for her uncomplicated network open for the indigenous entrepreneur. In 1999 Narda Capuyan was selected as one of the 100 Women of the Philippines who have excelled in their work and contributed to national development.
Decades of Ikat ventures has produced a body of work now seen in a number of five-star hotels both here and abroad, and carried by boutiques and specialty shops worldwide.
Narda’s Eco-Fiber Wall Hangings, were exhibited for three months in 2006 at the World Eco Fiber and Textile (W.E.F.T) Exhibition at the Petronas Towers Galeri in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Narda’s handwoven fabrics were featured at New York’s Couture Fashion Week held at Waldorf Astoria Hotel and at the World Eco-Fiber & Textile (W.E.F.T.) Exhibit Fashion Show, “From Waste to Wealth” – Narda’s Magic of Woven Waste Leather in Ikat held at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia in September 2012.
Leonarda O. Capuyan was named the Philippines Ernst & Young Small Business Entrepreneur of The Year in October 2013 under the auspices of EY Global and SGV Foundation. It is the World’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.
Narda’s relocated its workshop in July 2014 to Winaca Eco-Cultural Village in Acop Tublay, Benguet, 25 minutes away from Baguio City where Narda’s mainstore is located. This is a 33-hectare eco-tourism destination developed by her husband Wilson. Thirty years ago, he felt that Narda’s should go back to its natural setting, the village, reminiscent of the remote village of Besao and Sagada in Mountain Province where they were born and raised. He terraced the land and planted indigenous trees including bamboo and rattan. It has now become a forest with original thatched roofed Cordillera houses brought in and built by the tribes themselves. Their desire to showcase their indigenous Cordillera culture respecting the sacredness of nature is now in place. Igorot weaving is now back to its original setting.
Winaca is a Cordillera word that means “bound by vine” from the root word, waca or waka or vine. It also happens to bind the first syllables of Wilson and Narda Capuyan.
“Pidayit” is a Capampangan word for stitching together. More specifically, “pidayit-dayit” means two pieces sewn together at the edge, or several pieces patched or sewn to one another. Yet, it has a more profound meaning in the realm of social reality: it embodies an eminent unity and the collective mindset of the Capampangans –rising from the ashes of the Pinatubo onslaught, to their resilience amidst this recent global pandemic.
Originally conceived in 2010 by Angeles City fashion designer Philip Torres, Pidayit was officially launched in 2015 as a fundraising fashion show for the benefit of Museo ning Angeles. It was part of a sustainable livelihood project for a community of stay-at-home wives, working students, and even out-of-school youth. It has now become a most relevant advocacy, with working from home being the new normal. Pidayit was literally years ahead with this concept!
Simple retazzo cuttings are transformed by teams of skilled and patient hands into fabulous garments whose couture values are enhanced by inspired intricate details. Stitched, embroidered and crocheted, the transformed dresses, pants, skirts, vests and jackets are coordinated with value-added accessories from beading and collages of patches, buttons and cut-out designs. Hence, a single Pidayit clothing can take one to three months to make, depending on how intricate the design is, achieved with zero waste!
Pidayit clothing and accessories are masterfully handcrafted with the unique fusion of minimalism and elegance that exude more depth and texture, yet indicative of the Capampangan identity, culture, and heritage.
P I DA Y I T
Rurungan Collective is a collection of brands that create products by the weavers of Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation. Founded in 1999 as a project for livelihood and women empowerment, we have developed into a creative community pushing the boundaries of design and craftsmanship whilst being steered by traditional techniques and inspired by the life and colors of the island we call our home. The collective works with approximately 30 weavers scattered, a team of 10 artists and seamstresses and have recently expanded to work with traditional craft communities in the south of Palawan.
Our Habi Collection uses Habi Philippine Cotton and an initiative launched by the textile council to provide high quality natural material to weavers all around the Philippines. These pieces are either completely in cotton or interwoven with different locally sourced natural fibers to experiment with the weight and texture of our weaves. All weaves are contemporary designs inspired and rooted in traditional weaving techniques.
Sagada, Mt. Province
Siegrid Bangyay is a native of Sagada, Mt Province and a member of the Applai Kankanaey indigenous group. She started making stoneware pottery at age 21 and has practiced the craft for almost 20 years. The clay and glaze mixes used in Siegrid’s pots were developed over years of continuing experimentation with materials sourced from Sagada’s natural environment. Finding and mixing local clay and glaze materials are locally means that every batch is slightly different, requiring constant adaptation and continuous learning. Each piece of Siegrid’s pottery is unique and cannot be replicated.
Siegrid’s pottery ranges from utilitarian tableware to pure sculpture, blending influences from her own indigenous culture, from the traditional Chinese heirloom pots still found in the Cordillera, and from the works of modern ceramic artists. Her work has been displayed in over 20 exhibits, including shows at the Ayala museum, the Pinto Gallery, the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia, USA, and many others. She is a regular exhibitor at the Art in the Park and MaArte Fair exhibits in Makati.
Siegrid Bangyay Pottery
DESIGNERS – MANUFACTURERS FINE CRAFTS-DECORATIVE ACCESSORIES
Silahis Center was built in Intramuros in 1985 for the purpose of making Filipino heritage known throughout the country and around the world through various arts and crafts. The culture and tradition of the indigenous people greatly reflect on the products of Silahis Center, which are mostly made of traditional materials; intricately woven baskets, fashion accessories, wooden furniture and a lot more. Silahis Center also has sections featuring old publications and prints, paintings and sculptures, textiles and ceramics, and other cultural artifacts.
SILAHIS ARTS AND ARTIFACTS
THERE are pretty baubles one glances at. Then there are those that deserve more than just a quick look. Everybody has different tastes when it comes to choice of jewelry, but most can agree that things they look for in a piece is its uniqueness and ability to stand out.
After dabbling in different kinds of art classes from sculpting to painting and ventures like photography and even interior and furniture design, it was training in a metal workshop that kickstarted her newfound passion. “In 2005, my parents encouraged me to enroll in Prototype Making-Metal Workshop in Cebu FAME. It was a 10-month, hands-on intensive training under the direction of German metal artist Ingrid Haufe. That was the time that I started to love jewelry making,” she recalled.
Prized for its handmade craftsmanship married with carefully thought-out details along with that touch of spunk and quirkiness is Strozz!, a homegrown, customized, handmade jewelry brand. With its beginnings dating back to 2008. It was founded by jewelry designer Strozzi Abecel Rosende, who is also a proud cat lover, which is evident in the look of the brand’s logo.
Strozz! pieces are made rich in mother of pearl shells, turquoise, spiny shells, lapis stones, gaspiete and sometimes, customized shades of color resins, set in sterling silver and brass metals. Design-wise, it is created under the influence of all things fun and happy, from bracelets, pendants, necklaces, headpieces and so much more.
“Strozz! is about ‘craftswomanship,’ not mass produced. It is not labor. It is craft. That being said, they are conspicuously original—original according to my ‘purrsonality,’ or my client’s ebullient taste. It is 100 percent handmade,” she said.
“In the ‘iGeneration’ of technology nowadays, the imperfect ‘purrfection’ of handmade process has become the new luxury. The emotions of the crafter are attached in every ‘meowvellous’ piece. Owning such a treasure is like adopting nymphs with ‘cattitude’ soul of Strozz! That’s what makes it different from the others.”
As a brand that creates all things customized, does this mean that interested clientele can incorporate ideas into the designs?
“Yes, Strozz! can give birth to the deep sense of design you have in mind. Let us intertwine your uniqueness and our skills by focusing on authenticity,” she said. “We will create a composition, a degree of independence from your visual preferences with the help of our handmade process innovation.”
The brand dabbles in themes like Bohemian Cattitude, depicting the brand’s young and free vibe; a gambol of Tropical Rainbows inspired by nature and happiness found in its slew of colors; Zooful Tribe pieces which shows her love for animals; as well as pieces crafted in patterns and festive details. “Putting in so much time, love, and motivation to finish every piece has a tale to tell of how every detail is intricately made by hand as a core tool; a unique piece that can be a gift to a loved one, that can be cherished for many years and will be loved by the next generation,” she said.
More than just jewelry, to her, these are pieces that contain stories in art form and a kaleidoscopic reflection of her happy “purrsonality.”
STYLE ISLE is a collective of created and curated pieces made together with indigenous and artisan communities around the Philippines. Inspired by the 7,107 islands of the archipelago, where each has its distinct style and tradition, STYLE ISLE aims to encapsulate a collection that is reflective of this lifestyle. We carry and create clothing (tops, vests, jackets), accessories (necklaces, belts, earrings, brass bangles, rings) and accent accessories for the home (wall panels and art). STYLE ISLE was created to serve as a platform for the woven textiles and crafts to speak thru fashion, arts and design. Inspiring travel and discovery, whilst being mindful of culture and heritage. It began and came about as spin off from my journey as a designer, as i was searching, yearning and learning for textiles that spoke to me and my heritage. Now inspired to keep the eco-system sustainable by continuing to use these textiles and materials in the hopes of the continuation of this art and craft.
TADECO Home creates using only all-natural fibers. Their abaca fiber intricately handwoven by the region’s ethnic indigenous people into rolls of fine T’nalak fabric, using traditional techniques passed on from many generations. This distinctive fabric is then converted into contemporary home accents and lighting pieces by seasoned artisans of Mindanao.
TADECO Home has evolved from a community development program of Tagum Agricultural Development Co. (TADECO), a major banana exporter in Asia, into globally acknowledged handicraft manufacturing business in the Philippines. It also produces handmade paper and other products made of banana fiber sourced from TADECO’s plantations.
The company operates nationwide delivering products going to Ilocos up to Davao and shipping
internationally going to United States, United Kingdom, Australia, etc.
Our product are all bamboo based ranging from Bamboo Toothbrush, Case, Razors, Tumblers,
Utensils, USBs, Watch, Shades, Toothpaste, Dental Floss, Etc.
We were already featured in Business Mirror, One News, Spot.ph, When In Manila, and others.
Our recent clients where UNICEF, GMA News, DELL, Deutsche Geselleschaft fur Internationale
The Bamboo Company
In her junior year of high school, founder Gabrielle Uy began a year-long research project on the vanishing art of Filipino weaving. Frustrated by the plight of our indigenous weavers and the lack of ethical, locally-sourced fashion accessible to girls her age, she promptly began building The Loom Project: an online slow fashion nonprofit that hopes to preserve the vanishing art of Filipino weaving.
The Loom Project works with indigenous weavers across the Philippines to produce handmade shoes, bags and garments that put a modern twist on tradition. Every item is locally made from sole to tassel and we use natural dyes, locally grown cotton and recycled fabrics wherever possible. All proceeds help provide looms in and contribute to the sustainable development of our weaving community partners in Abra, Benguet and Negros Occidental.
The Loom Project has raised over P420,000 in looms, sewing machines and other donations so far and has been featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the IB World Magazine, Bench x Katutubo, Frankie’s General Store and several local trade fairs. It is the largest youth-led slow fashion label in the Philippines.
The Loom Project
Dr. Rosie Angala-Mendiola has made Occidental Mindoro her home for the past twenty one years.
While living in San Jose, she has juggled the demands of a politician’s wife (husband,
Gene, is the former governor) and her workload at Occidental Mindoro State College
while raising their only son, Matthew. All these years, Rosie has reached out to the
indigenous people of Mindoro and has immersed herself into the lifestyle of the tribes.
She was amazed at the beauty of the products they have made from their own hands.
Living in the mountainous regions of Mindoro are several tribes known collectively as the
Mangyans. These tribes have a culture rich in beauty and tradition. From the Buhid and
Hanunuo Mangyans, is the RAMIT, a fabric woven using the harablon (a backstrap loom).
Geometric patterns and white, black and indigo dyes are predominant in these cloths.
Rosie and her sisters at TribesRUs have sourced a limited supply of the ramit to help the
Mangyan womenfolk in their livelihood. As a start, TribesRUs have used the ramit to make
face masks, a necessity in these challenging times. However, the Mangyans take pride
not only in creating these beautiful cloths, but also in making a whole range of other
In addition, we were able to source beautiful Taal weaves from Batangas, to help the local
weavers whose livelihoods were affected due to the volcanic eruptions early this year.
We have then developed these into additional products such as throw pillows, kitchen
towels, aprons, shoe bags, and various other items for the home.
Our main thrust is to continue to support the Mangyans, as well as the other tribes and
indigenous peoples of the Philippines, where we see a need and wherever we see the
beauty of handmade products showcasing our Filipino heritage. By supporting these
tribes, we ensure that local Filipino traditions are continued and handed down for
generations to come.
We #supportlocal. We are #proudlyFilipino.
Tribes R Us
is a compassionate crafts company that works hand-in-hand with Filipino artisans for the modern lifestyle. As a social enterprise that aims to uplift the lives of craftspeople in the Philippines, we create products that bring value to their work, their lives, and cultural traditions.
We provide unique and functional locally- made items that fit our customers ' modern lifestyles. This allows them to feel rooted in Philippine culture.
We engage different crafts communities as partners and pour significant investments in design and marketing, capacity building, cultural preservation and youth engagement.
A Brief Background
Woven started in the town of Basey, Samar after it was devastated by super typhoon Yolanda. While doing research and area development plans there, the founders came upon the banig weavers who created beautiful mats made from tikog and buri. With the help of various NGOs, the enterprise organized the artisans into community craft associations, maneuvered an increase in the industry price of banigs, and raised individual incomes by more than double. Ultimately, Woven aims to craft better opportunities for empowered craftsmen and women, for their families, and dfor the next weaving generations.
THE WYC STORY
ALVIN + EVITA = REI is backed by two decades of exposure in the Fashion Industry as Professional Ramp and Commercial Models. Both have traveled various parts of ASIA, USA and EUROPE promoting Philippine Culture through Fashion Shows with prestigious designers like Renee Salud, Pitoy Moreno, Ben Farrales, Nono Palmos and Ditta Sandico.
In 2012, ALVIN + EVITA = REI started their events management company where they had an opportunity to immerse themselves in a weaving community. Having learned that hand weaving is a dying industry in the Philippines, they found the urge to find ways to create demand for handwoven fabrics to encourage the youth to continue this culture and tradition. More than wearing them on runways and cultural events, handwoven products should be something we can wear everyday. And that gave birth to WYC (Wear Your Culture), a line of clothing that uses Philippine handwoven Fabrics in modern designs for every Filipino to wear everyday.
Wear Your Culture
With more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines cradles within its mountains and seas a vast variety of cultures. These divergent customs, beliefs, and way of life find expression in the handiwork of women who take to the loom to weave fabrics of vibrant colors and embroider intricate designs snatched from visions and dreams. The indigenous fabrics of the Philippines find expression through the stylish collections of WYC. More than fashion statements, WYC creates a venue to tell the million tribal stories of the Philippines in wearable components that combine tradition with innovation, an eye-catching mix of the new and the time-honored. Now, Wear Your Culture proudly!