Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:03 AM October 15, 2014
The Center for International Trade Expositions & Missions (Citem) commissioned two of the country’s foremost designers to create collections for home and fashion using indigenous materials, for the 60th Manila FAME on Oct. 16-19 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.
Olivia d’Aboville, this year’s Designer for Home, will show modern home applications of fabrics developed with weaving communities.
Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Designer for Fashion, will create fashion wearables showing how indigenous textiles can both be trendy and functional.
The second edition of NeoTextiles Philippines will showcase six weaving communities in Visayas and Mindanao, twice the number of textile manufacturer-participants last year.
The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) gave textile development support to the designers as part of textile development.
The featured Visayan textiles and manufacturers are: piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental, hablon by Salngan Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Iloilo, and raffia textile by Tubigon Loomweavers Multipurpose Cooperative of Bohol.
The Mindanao textiles and manufacturers are: hinabol by the Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon and t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Multipurpose Cooperative in South Cotabato.
To showcase the versatility of the NeoTextiles, D’Aboville teams up with CustomMade Crafts Center and Tinukib to produce home items made of hinabol and hablon.
Another firm, That One Piece, collaborates with D’Aboville to create eye-catching lamps using the developed fabrics.
Alunan introduces the Aranaz chic collections of fashion wearables using the NeoTextiles.
Last year, Citem, the Department of Trade and Industry’s export-marketing arm, launched its Material Development Program which gave birth to NeoTextiles Philippines. It is a textile development and branding initiative for contemporary Philippines textiles.