Two hot & young Filipino fashion designers have created new home and fashion collections using Philippine indigenous materials for the 60th Manila FAME slated for October 16-19.
The Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (CITEM) commissioned these two designers to design the new collections.
Olivia d’Aboville, who designed the Home category collection, will show modern home applications of fabrics developed with participating weaving communities.
Amina Aranaz-Alunan, designer for the Fashion category, created collections of fashion wearables, showing how indigenous textiles can both be trendy and functional.
The 2nd edition of NeoTextiles Philippines will feature six weaving communities hailing from the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
They are twice the number of textile manufacturer-participants as compared to its introductory launch last year.
The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) provided textile development support and consultancy to the participating designers.
The featured Visayan textiles are from; Piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental, Hablon by Salngan Cooperative of Iloilo, and Raffia textile by Tubigon Loom weavers Cooperative of Bohol.
While the Mindanao textiles are from, Hinabol by the Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon and t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Cooperative in South Cotabato.
To showcase the versatility of the NeoTextiles, Olivia d’Aboville has teamed-up with Custom Made Crafts Center and Tinukib to produce home items made of Hinabol and Hablon.
Another participating company - That One Piece collaborated with Olivia to create eye-catching lamps using fabrics.
While Amina Aranaz-Alunan will introduce the ARANAZ chic collections of Fashion wearables using the NeoTextiles.
Last year, CITEM, the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) export-marketing arm, launched a pogram which gave birth to NeoTextiles Philippines as a textile-development and branding initiative for contemporary Philippines textiles. (AR)
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