Shop Local Textiles and Woven Products Online as Likhang HABI Goes Digital

One of the most awaited events in local fashion is Likhang HABI, a market fair that promotes local textiles and other woven products made by traditional weavers and local weaving communities. The pandemic has certainly not stopped HABI: The Philippine Textile Council as it will continue to push through with the fair by going online.

This year, in keeping with the times, the Likhang HABI Market Fair is going online for the first time from October 21 to 27, 2020. The annual trade fair used to be held at the Glorietta Activity Center.

Like the physical fair that has been running since 2009, it will continue to encourage weavers and communities to enhance their skills in design and marketing through dialogues with consumers, designers, and traders. At the same time, HABI sustains its advocacy of reviving the use of pure Philippine cotton, a fiber long present in the tapestry of Filipino culture. The council has partnered with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA) for the Cotton Adoption Project, which gives cotton seeds and threads to farmers to encourage weavers to use it in their products.

The market fair’s online platform will continue to showcase sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle products from over 30 merchants representing various weaving communities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

 

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You can expect to find textiles, clothing, shoes, home and lifestyle products, bags, accessories, pottery, and other local merch that would be difficult to find outside of the fair. I personally am excited for textiles as it is a blank slate for me to tailor my own stuff. I’ve been dreaming of a jacket or a kimono made from a local textile so this might be my chance!

I’m also excited to get a copy of Weaving Ways: Filipino Styles and Techniques, written by Philippine textile experts Dr. Norma Respicio and Gayle Zialcita. The book discusses the different weaving communities in the Philippines, their history and traditions, and the styles and techniques of Filipino weavers. I’ve always been curious about the finer details of Filipino textiles and the difference between yakan, t’boli, binakol, and more.

 

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Aside from textiles and woven products, this year’s Likhang HABI Market Fair will feature webinars and a four-day online summit in line with HABI’s mission to promote Filipino culture and heritage.

This year, HABI is supporting Nayong Pilipino for Mga Hibla ng Pamana: A Summit on Weaving as Intangible Cultural Heritage. The four-day online summit aims to discuss how different sectors in the country are coming together to protect and conserve traditional weaving practices and traditions.

HABI is also collaborating with CulturAid, Kularts, House of Gongs, and Museo ng Muntinlupa to present the first-ever international Voices from the Field Program. It will feature webinars on the Filipino identity and contemporary cultural practices in the Philippines and the diaspora. This webinar series aims to bridge interdisciplinary voices and encourage dialogue to better understand how our varied experiences as Filipinos have shaped the way we think, move, and learn.

 

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Another highlight is the Lourdes Montinola Piña Weaving Competition. Now in its third year, this competition recognizes exceptional craftsmanship and mastery of the delicate process of turning pineapple threads into works of art. It is open to all Filipino artisans who weave, dye, embroider or embellish piña. This year’s judges are Filipino fashion designers Leslie Mobo and Len Cabili, and piña textile expert and food historian Felice Sta. Maria.

Make sure to visit the website to shop!

 

Shop local textiles and other woven products on the website. For more information, visit the Habi Textile Council’s website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Second picture in the cover photo is from BinAlKay, one of the merchants in this year’s Likhang HABI.

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