OTTOMONDI Stitches A Story Of The World In 'Inabel' Collection
Multidisciplinary uniforms from around the world is the theme of OTTOMONDI in its first fashion show held at Pinto Art Museum, last March 4, 2018. OTTOMONDI showcases the story-laden cloth from the wooden looms of Ilocano artisan weavers.
Tinged with a contemporary approach, OTTOMONDI’s designs veers from the traditional display of paired male and female garments, producing an inclusive, genderless line of clothes that may be worn by people from all walks of life, advocating inclusivity and local love.
Despite being raised in Italy, creative director Sherwin “Otto” Sacramento answers to the calling of his Filipino roots. His accumulated experiences form confluences of inspiration and amplification to the various styles evidenced in his collection. The quirky elegance blends concepts of uniform and utility. Filipino fabric meets European influence. The use of constructivist colour-blocking and unconventional forms shows the designer’s creative ongoing dialogue with the art world.
Inabel traces its traditions at the time of Spanish colonization of Ilocandia. Even before that, the cloth has been used in barters between neighboring Asian countries, in exchange for gold, ceramics, and other valuable commodities.
The evident onslaught of manufactured, imported and synthetic fabrics heavily impacted the livelihood of local weavers, with numbers dwindling over the years. Add to that the growing disinterest of the younger generation who chooses to learn the ins-and-outs of modern technology in the forms of smartphones and tablets.
OTTOMONDI aspires to raise awareness and encourage the public to support local Filipino products. Guided with that mission, the brand envisions to expand its ambitions overseas, introducing inabel to the international market.