9th HABI Fair To Gather The Best Local Filipino Weavers
With the theme “The Highlights of our HABI Journey”, the 9th Likhang HABI Market Fair will bring together the best local weavers and artisans from all over the Philippines to showcase sustainable and ethical fashion using traditional textiles at Glorietta 3 Activity Centre on 11 to 13 October 2019.
HABI, The Philippine Textile Council, will hold a three-day fair filled with several programs aligned with their goal of promoting weaving culture. Additionally, Chairwoman and Founder Maria Isabel Ongpin wishes to emphasise not only the preservation but also the modernisation of the textile industry through the fair.
“The encouragement or the advocacy of preserving, developing, and modernising the use of indigenous fabrics really brings up the level of the rural economy. It also empowers women. Most of the weavers are women,” stresses Ongpin.
The fair will feature a HABI Craft Corner where visitors can learn the basics of weaving using pure Philippine cotton and other natural local fibres, and create their own woven products. HABI goers can also join the Community Craft Loom and learn modern weaving using different materials, textures, colours, and weaving techniques. Along with these are workshops on macramé, the art of knotting.
In line with HABI’s goal of upholding Filipino heritage there will also be a Baybayin workshop with lessons on writing and understanding the pre-colonial ancient writing script of the Philippines. Cultural dance performances, traditional Filipino music from different regions of the country, and Filipino art installations will also be part of the fair.
“We encourage Likhang HABI fairgoers to immerse themselves in the beautiful weaving communities and traditional textiles of our country,” says Maribel Ongpin. “We will have participating weavers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao so the opportunity to learn at the fair is endless.”
The 9th Likhang HABI Market Fair will feature sustainable and ethical fashion with 52 participating merchants from all over the country. Other lifestyle products made from traditional textiles such as habol negrense from Negros Occidental, yakan from Basilan, inaul from Maguindanao, binubudan from Ifugao, binakol and abel from Ilocos, tepina from Palawan, and many more will be presented as well in the market fair.
One of the long-term commitments of HABI is promoting the use of pure Philippine cotton. Several merchants will also present contemporary Filipino fabrics such as cotton ikat and cotton abaca, a result of combining pure Philippine cotton with other indigenous fabrics.
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“We’re encouraging our vendors not only to bring the finished product but to bring the materials that you can buy by the meter. Fashion designers have been calling us saying: ‘Where can we buy this?’ ‘Where can we buy that?’ Come to the market fair,” Ongpin urges.
Another highlight of the fair is the awarding of the 2nd Lourdes Mantinola Piña Prize, which recognises exceptional craftsmanship and mastery of the delicate process of turning pineapple threads into works of art.
The fair will feature a talk in sustainable shoemaking and why it is important to support the local shoemaking industry.
“We see people who have potential, encourage them and bring them to the market fair because that becomes a lesson in entrepreneurship for them,” expresses the HABI Chair.
Since 2009, HABI has been providing traditional weavers and local weaving communities an avenue 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.
For more information about HABI, check out www.habitextilecouncil.ph or follow HABI on Facebook and Instagram @habifair.