One of the worst traits of Filipino consumers is not patronizing their very own local products and favoring imported goods over them. This mindset has become one of the biggest challenges facing local producers like the weave industry in the country. Come to think of it, we heard more from foreigners of the beauty and exotic features of Philippine made products. Shouldn’t we be the first to love our own and show other countries that we have the best traditional products instead of the other way around?
In the past decade, awareness of the amazing traditional woven products has entered the consciousness of Filipino consumers. In part, we should be grateful to HABI Philippine Textile Council, as for more than half a decade, they have been presenting the HABI Market Fair.
The HABI Market Fair has been highlighting traditional Philippine weaves contributing to the amazing development of locally woven products and somehow making it survive and thrive in the market.
Last October 3, 2017, the HABI: Philippine Textile Council showcased the indigenous textile products that will be seen at the 7th Likhang HABI Market Fair which will take place on October 20 -22, 2017 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Makati.
A pet project of HABI, it will put the spotlight on traditional Filipino weavers. They have been the pioneer in market fair and advocacy for communities in the Filipino Artisan trade showcasing some of the unsung heroes of the indigenous Filipino textile industry. “This year, we want to pay homage to the very makers of the indigenous Filipino textile who are responsible for the development and growth of our locally woven products. With their innate creativity and love for the craft, they empower the local Filipino tradition, culture, and customs to thrive in the modern market,” said HABI Chair Maribel Ongpin during the press conference.
Several highlights of the event include how-to-wear traditional hablon and patadyong, a glimpse of the fashion show that will be held on opening night of the fair. Hablon, which means weaving or woven in Ilonggo, refers to textiles in piña and other gossamer fibers. Patadyong, on the other hand, is the typical tubular skirt of checkered patterns commonly worn all over Southeast Asia.
Guests also partake of the traditional foods like Pitis (wrapped ube with coconut), Daral, Pasong, Tausug Sambal, and Dulang.
With Christmas so near, the Likhang HABI Market Fair will give shoppers the opportunity to participate, see and buy the products of the following:
- Master Weaver Raquel Eliserio of Kalibo, Aklan whose work with pineapple, silk, and natural dyes has been producing high-quality piña-seda textiles;
- Marlon Martin and his Ifugao heritage school with high-quality, pure cotton textiles with Ifugao ancient symbols;
- Kalinga Weaving, an enterprise founded by Irene Bawer-Bimuyag which products is last year’s top seller;
- Designer and Queen of Knitwear Lulu Tan-Gan will impart some notes on fashion for traditional weavers and will showcase extended hand–woven line called “Indigenous Couture;”
- Pure cotton weaving products. The Philippine cotton is equivalent in quality to the best Egyptian cotton.