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NeoTextiles Philippines: The Story of Philippine Contemporary Textile

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Manila FAME showcases tradition and age-old artisanship in textile making retold, revitalized, and rewoven for the modern world at the special setting of NeoTextiles Philippines.

NeoTextiles Philippines, a new feature this October, is a project of the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). GTIDO’s Material Development Program aims to support and promote the Philippine textile, positioning it as a commercially-viable and globally-competitive product that gives value to its roots while innovating tradition and adapting today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.

Olivia d’Abovile, a French-Filipino artist based in Manila, lends her creative sensibilities in elevating these contemporary fabrics that are ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, world-class yet distinctly Filipino. D’Aboville designed products developed from these neotextiles, partnering with seasoned manufacturers to create fashion and home pieces that highlight the versatility of these contemporary fabrics.

Companies involved NeoTextiles include Balay ni Atong, Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Tadeco Home, Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation Inc., and S.C. Vizcarra.

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See NeoTextiles Philippines and more at Manila FAME, The Design and Lifestyle Event, open today to 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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Manila FAME’s Craft Spots: Telling the Story of Abaca

Ever the diverse hub of craftsmanship, the Philippines is ingrained with the tradition and art of various craft forms. Generation to generation, the craft culture of the Philippines is passed down, kept thriving by the craftsmen and elevated by those who are constantly inspired by the heritage of distinct artisanship, transcribing these craft forms in a language that is relevant today.

This October, Manila FAME, in partnership with PhilFIDA, showcases the Philippines’ Art of the Craftsman through a special setting called the Craft Spots. Manila FAME’s Craft Spots is a showcase that brings to life the craftsmanship of the Philippines, featuring live demonstrations of traditional crafting techniques, taking local materials and transforming them into extraordinary shape and form. This time around, the Craft Spots puts the spotlight on the versatile abaca fiber, telling its story – from its humble roots to its journey of becoming one of the most popular and well-used fibers in the world.

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The indigenous abaca, known worldwide as Manila Hemp, is the Philippines’ premier fiber. Long before colonization, the use of the fiber was already prevalent in the country. Early Filipinos used abaca to create clothing and footwear, and weaving of abaca was widespread.

The abaca became well-known as one of the strongest materials for marine cordage, superior in tensile strength and durability. With keen interest from the U.S. and Japan Navies, abaca became an important export commodity of the Philippines.

With breakthroughs in technology and production processes, new uses for abaca continued to surface. The fiber was used as pulp for producing specialty papers products like teabags, filter paper, currency paper, and others, as well as material from non-woven disposables like linens and bed sheets. The development of the fibercraft industry in the country added another dimension to the versatility of abaca with fibercraft products such as rugs, doormats, hats, coasters, hot pads, and handbags becoming very in demand abroad.

A doily made from abaca, an example of fibercraft product

The Improved Handstripping (Hagotan) Device for the abaca fiber

Organic and renewable, the abaca fiber answers the demand for biodegradable materials and fits perfectly with the growing trend of sustainability and eco-friendliness. Its many uses – cordage, pulp and paper production, fibercrafts, furniture, fashion, and so much more – indicates an adaptability and utility that serves many needs.

Abaca remains one of the most enduring materials in the world and at Manila FAME’s Craft Spots, its story unfolds.

See the craftsmanship behind abaca, plus Philippine design and creativity at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Philippine Contemporary Textiles this October at Manila FAME

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The Philippines is home to some of the most distinct textiles in the world, most of which are crafted by ethnic communities that have kept their craft alive, passing the art from generation to generation. This October at Manila FAME, discover how tradition and age-old artisanship in textile making will be revitalized and rewoven for the modern world.

NeoTextiles Philippines, a new feature this October, is a project of the Garments and Textile Industry Development Office (GTIDO). GTIDO’s Material Development Program aims to support and promote the Philippine textile, positioning it as a commercially-viable and globally-competitive product that gives value to its roots while innovating tradition and adapting today’s trends to create products that are versatile and modern.

NeoTextiles Philippines will showcase the modern Philippine textile, made from sustainable, natural fibers by artisan weaving communities from different regions of the country. These neotextiles are ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, and undeniably Filipino.

Taking inspiration from the past and weaving new life to textiles craftsmanship, NeoTextiles Philippines will also showcase products created from these neotextiles, partnering with seasoned manufacturers to create fashion and home pieces that highlight the versatility of these contemporary fabrics.

See NeoTextiles Philippines and other exciting showcases of design and craftsmanship at Manila FAME on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

What to Watch out for at Manila FAME this October

Another season of awe-inspiring design and craftsmanship is fast approaching as Manila FAME gets ready for its October 2013 showcase. One of the longest running trade fairs in the Asia-Pacific and is the only UFI-approved trade fair in the Philippines, Manila FAME: Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event will be on 17 – 20 October 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, Philippines.

In its 58th edition, Manila FAME continues to be the country’s premier trade platform for exports and design. Proving over the years that it is an event to be recognized, Manila FAME purveys 100% Philippine-made products crafted through a merging of traditional and modern techniques, utilizing sustainable indigenous materials with innovative approaches to form, function, and design.

Design and craftsmanship are the moving forces behind Manila FAME so expect new designs and innovation for the October edition. It will also present a roster of show features that promises to wow and deliver an exciting show for everyone.

Design PH

Design PH is a brand the goes beyond the boundaries of product innovation and Philippine aesthetics. Featuring products from the creative collaborations of select manufacturers and the bright minds of Philippine design, it showcases works of exceptional quality and craftsmanship under the direction of design icon Budji Layug.

Manila Wear

A branding initiative for fashion apparel and accessories crafted from the country’s local materials, Manila Wear embodies a truly Filipino design sensibility that is synonymous with tropical/resort wear. International fashion icon Josie Natori leads a select group of designers in creating remarkable Manila Wear pieces for the global market.

The Marketplace

Products that emphasize sustainability, the use of indigenous materials, and earth-friendly resources and methods are what The Marketplace offers at Manila FAME. Partnering with local communities and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), it presents a range of products that provide insight to the many indigenous materials and crafts skills of the Philippines.

Craft Spots

Skilled craftsmen breathe life to the many craft forms of the Philippines through live demonstrations of centuries-worth of traditional crafting techniques, transforming indigenous materials into extraordinary shapes and forms that provide a glimpse of the country’s culture of artisanship.

The Christmas Village

Capture the holiday spirit in this setting of vibrant creations that exults the essence of special occasions. The Christmas Village is a must-see destination for the latest products and freshest ideas that embody the country’s passion for creation, tradition, and celebration.

Design Txtile

A display of modern Philippine textiles, crafted from sustainable indigenous fibers. Ethnic-inspired yet versatile, artisanal yet progressive, and distinctly Filipino — Philippine contemporary textile.

Besides the exciting show features, Manila FAME also has two partner events:

DGPDeXign Global Philippines

Making its debut this October, DeXign Global Philippines is a platform that combines business and design and serves as a venue for creative exchange and trade promotion. It brings together international exhibitors in home and fashion, highlighting the ASEAN countries and their individual brand of creativity and artisanship.

Design Week Philippines

A celebration of design in the Philippines through programs and events that foster creativity among Filipinos to strengthen the country’s positioning as Asia’s Design Destination. Design Week Philippines will feature creativity in all forms through partnerships with communities and institutions in a jam-packed week of design-centric activities.

Stay tuned for more at FAME Speak, the official blog for Manila FAME and know more about these exciting show features and events happening in October.

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Manila FAME likes Sustainable Products!

Manila FAME featured a special setting that showcases earth-friendly and sustainable products at its GreenCrafts for Creative Environment exhibit. An initiative that will highlight the participating localities’ efforts to transform urban ecologies into self-sustaining and pro-environment society.

The GreenCrafts for Creative Environment project showcases local crafts from cities in Metro Manila that turns recycled materials into beautifully handcrafted products. Participating municipalities are: Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Marikina, Manila, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasig, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela.

Veteran designer PJ Aranador worked hand in hand with the exhibitors to develop these products. Aranador says, “This year, we updated some materials which are upcycled from mostly waste materials. These include rubber tires which are converted into footwear and bags. Also we updated the colors, in terms of the spring/summer 2013 color palette so these are the reflectors or luminous colors. There are also pieces that we kept; we updated them in terms of functions and sizes so that they suit the export market, not only for local retail but also for the international market.”

Check out Manila FAME’s green products:

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Join the movement for a greener future, come and visit Manila FAME’s GreenCrafts for Creative Environment! Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event runs until tomorrow, 17 March 2013, at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Indigenous materials highlighted at the OTOP Marketplace

Manila FAME, Asia’s Design and Lifestyle Event, emphasizes the massive potential of the grassroots level of the Philippine export industry. The One Town One Product (OTOP) Marketplace promotes Philippine craftsmanship and artisanship through locally made products from select regions in the Philippines.

“This year’s OTOP Marketplace features contemporized products made of local materials such as water hyacinth, bamboo, burnt wood, coco guinit, twigs, tikog, and a variety of natural fibers found in the different regions of the Philippines,” says Jinggoy Buensuceso,who curated the special setting.

Check out the products at the OTOP Marketplace:

Manila FAME runs until 17 March 2013! See more of Philippine ingenuity at the 57th edition of Manila FAME at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines. For more information about the show, visit www.manilafame.com.

Chic fashion pieces and stylish finds at Manila Wear

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The 57th edition of Manila FAME brought together some of the Philippines’ best fashion designers that embodies the Filipino creativity and craftsmanship.

Showcased at Manila Wear are creations by Filipino designers under the curatorial leadership of fashion icon Josie Natori, who says: “I’m so proud of all these very talented young designers…It’s a great opportunity for every one of them to be able to show their personality and show their best. I think it’s time that the world knows about the creativity and the wonderful products they can get from Philippine designers. FAME has been an amazing venue for that. Just exciting to see all these creativity in one booth.”

Here’s a sampler:

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Manila Wear 5Celebrate pure Filipino talent and shop to your heart’s content!

Visit Manila Wear and be inspired by Filipino talent and artistry. Manila FAME is open until 17 March 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Metro Manila, Philippines.