Likha 3 set to feature around 87 Filipino craftsmen and designers | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

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Leather artisans from Bukidnon

In 2023, Likha featured 29 Filipino weavers from all over the country. For its third edition this June, 87 craftsmen and designers across several traditional crafts



In Feb. 2023, Likha started with a gathering of Filipino weavers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with the objective of not only showcasing their crafts but more importantly, connecting these artisans with our talented Filipino designers. The end goal, sustaining Philippine traditional textiles by making them relevant and fashionable.

With the success of the first Likha, there came a clamor to include other traditional crafts. This led to Likha 2 in Jun. 2023 which coincided with the 125th commemoration of our country’s Independence. Apart from textiles, it included embroidery, basketry, pottery, mat weaving, wood and stone carving, filigree, and shell craft, among others.

READ: A Look Back on the LIKHA 2 Artisanal Exhibit

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Likha 3 will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum from Jun. 6 – 11

Likha 3, which will be held in Jun. 2024 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum in time for this year’s Independence Day celebration, intends to build on the successes of the two previous Likhas. The exhibit will not only showcase various artisanal works but also the progress and accomplishments of those who participated in the first two events. Moreover, new crafts have been added. From 29 and 30 participants from Likha 1 and 2, respectively, approximately 87 craftsmen and designers will participate and will be housed under one roof from Jun. 6 to 11. A special section has also been reserved for the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) awardees.

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Craft featuring Capiz shells
Artisanal knives from Cebu

In addition, Dama Ko, Lahi Ko (DKLK), Likha 3’s storytelling partner for 2024, will also be arranging a series of talks on Filipino craftsmanship that revolves around the theme “Sining ng Lahi, Yaman ng Bayan”—to help impart a more cohesive story of cultural heritage and legacy. #DamaKoLahiKo is a movement that started in 2021 and promoted Filipino soft power by highlighting our heritage. It has encouraged Filipinos to celebrate culture by sharing stories that are meaningful and personal, and experienced through the five senses.

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Shell flowers from Iloilo
A green poncho made in Kalinga

It is hoped that this weeklong interaction among Filipino artisans will encourage them to integrate what they have learned and develop their crafts and designs to create what is truly and uniquely Filipino world-class artistry, instilling Filipino pride through Filipino craftsmanship.

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Lagang, the traditional art of turning chambered nautilus shells into flower arrangements
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