Manila FAME Presents the Country’s Weaving Traditions in Special Installations

Manila FAME, the country’s premier design and lifestyle event, will highlight unique Filipino craftsmanship and the age-old weaving traditions of the Philippines in special installations called “Weaves of the Philippines” at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City on March 14-17.

A developmental partnership between the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO) and the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), “Weaves of the Philippines” highlights the versatility, viability, and global competitiveness of Philippine craftsmanship through live demonstrations and eyecatching textile installations.

“It is with pride that we present these special installations that feature the country’s artistic tradition of weaving which dates back to the pre-Hispanic times. This tradition has earned its place not only in the country’s culture and history but also in the local fashion scene as well,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

Live demonstrations of traditional weaving, juxtaposed with contemporary display installations, will give Manila FAME visitors an insight into the cultural narrative of the country’s weaving heritage. The country’s traditional weaves are given a contemporary spin in a unique collaboration among local designers, manufacturing companies, and the weaving communities.

Artisans at work at the Weaves of the Philippines: (L-R) Abel Iloco weavers, Samar’s Mat weavers, T’boli T’nalak weavers of the T’boli tribe, and the Pina weavers of Aklan

The special installations will showcase the Piña of Aklan, Abel of Ilocos Sur, T’nalak of the T’boli, and tikog mat of Samar. Installation artist Patty Eustaquio, interior design duo Vernice Songco and Marga Espiritu, accessories designer Natalya Lagdameo, and interior designer Rossy Yabut-Rojales have collaborated with local manufacturers and weaving communities to give the country’s traditional weaves a contemporary spin.

The Weaves of the Philippines: (clockwise) Samar’s Mat Weaving, Ilocos Sur’s Abel Weaving, T’nalak Weaving, and Pina Weaving.

Manila FAME is a global platform for the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which features certified, export-quality products such as furniture and furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, garments, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market. It is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia Pacific, and is the only trade event in the country that is approved by UFI (Union des Foires Internationales), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

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