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PTRI's DOST unveils latest neo-ethnic wear
Jun '13
Neo-ethnic wear(courtesy: DOST-PTRI)
Neo-ethnic wear(courtesy: DOST-PTRI)
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) has unveiled its latest textile innovation made using indigenous or neo-ethnic materials at the 2013 Neo-Ethnic Philippine Textiles Conference held in Manila.
The Conference aimed at discussing issues relevant to Philippine textile production, including longevity and sustainability, taking cue from industry stakeholders and those advocating the use of native fabrics, thereby giving a second thought on the Philippine textile industry.
According to DOST website, “Neo-ethnic textiles refer to clothing made of natural or indigenous materials that are used today and created using green scientific and technological approaches by spinners, dyers, weavers and artisans.”
Under the DOST-TECHNICOM funded project on neo-ethnic textiles, innovative approaches to fabric creation were used, integrating traditional patterns, designs and motifs that preserve Filipino art and cultural heritage.
The project resulted in the transformation of regular or traditional fabrics into world-class products bearing neo-ethnic materials and designs that are unique and a cut above the rest, according to DOST.
At the Textiles Conference, three conference sessions and a one-of-a-kind fashion show were held, aimed at creating interest in Philippine local fabrics and artistic designs among domestic and global buyers. The fashion show titled ‘Neo-Ethnic Wear’ showcased wearable ensembles with an array of avant-garde designs. 
Speaking at the Conference, Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, executive director of DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), said PTRI R&D projects have explored the use of indigenous fibres, natural and low-impact dyes and dyeing techniques, and integrated nanotechnology with textile finishing.
As more and more people accept neo-ethnic wear, it will create additional livelihood opportunities for ethnic groups and communities in rural regions, and also ensure the growth of the Philippine textile industry.

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