Heritage Continues, A Celebration of Philippine Textile
Gari Sy Rivera | November 11, 2019
Photos by the Author
From bags, clothes, furniture and more, Filipino heritage lives on through the local and traditional weavers, advocates, and the participants and organizers of Likhang HABI. The annual market fair that features the works of weavers and produced materials of local farmers all across the Philippines was once again held at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati on 11-13 October 2019 and was celebrated by those who gathered and explored the event.
Envisioned as a platform for weavers to gain exposure and connections with the different industries of design such as fashion and industrial, HABI the Philippine Textile Council through Likhang HABI sheds a light on Philippine textile woven by the different communities and tribes all over the Philippines as material for various uses. Present at the fair were those woven from the Philippine provinces within Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao such Ifugao, Kalinga, Maguindanao, and many more.
The number of crafted products seen at this year’s Likhang HABI varied in function and origin, but all had Filipino heart. The use of Philippine textile and locally produced materials were abundant in the market’s goods, such as modern-styled clothing by the Kañal tribe of Baguio, traditional coats by the Yakan tribe of Zamboanga, and chic pandan and raffia bags from Leyte. The woven materials were also used in everyday necessities such as baskets from Bicol, household items from South Cotabato, and mats of “sutsut,” commonly known as banig from Bukidnon.
As many of the vendors and local weavers marketed their products, there was more to see at the fair’s festivities: cultural dances by Indak Lahi and Visayan groups, workshops of traditional and basic weaving, and live textile weaving demos by the Ateliers of Narda’s and Creative Definitions were present to give attendees a full spectrum of Filipino cultural experiences.
Truly, the traditional art and skill of Filipino legacy lives on and must continue to be celebrated throughout time, whether it be through keeping it as tradition, or weaving it into modern-day Philippine purpose.