This is my first of many entries for these series as I want to showcase local finds - from things you need at home, to places you must travel to, or even businesses and social enterprises that have heart. Whatever it is, the aim is to showcase Filipino treasures - anything and everything under the sun that we can be proud of.
I was going through my photos and remembered attending a launch with Habi Fair a year or two ago! So here’s some of the things I adored while having that opportunity to see beautifully-crafted pieces.
The first of my weekly ‘Local Treasures’ series is all finds that your home deserves.
Silahis Arts and Artifacts
Visit them at Silahis Center
744 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
10 AM - 7PM
Founded in 1966, Silahis Arts and Artifacts has been designing, producing, wholesaling, retailing and exporting the finest of handmade Philippine products. They’ve dedicated themselves to understand the many-faceted heritage of the country and its people through their deep passion for culture and crafts.
Indigenous designs, native resources and the spirit that has used them in everyday life are the principles of their concern. Comprehensive uses and fine craftsmanship is the object of our inquiry. A better understanding of the Filipino people is their goal.
To learn more about their advocacy, and see their showcase of antiques, paintings, and sculptures to furniture, woodenware, and accessories, you can visit Silahis Center in Intramuros.
Liwayway is a story about the modern and luxurious shaping of Filipino emblems. We have a strong desire to highlight and put on the front page Filipino's plurality and expertise by producing our items locally thanks to the country's archipelago.
A trip from north to south via the capital. They have incorporated inspirations from Filipino elements such as the god Bulul, or the bahay kubo, pineapple fields, local weave designs, and much more into unique home & lifestyle pieces. From plates to salt & pepper shakers, they have lots to offer. They also have a collection of wrap-around pants (free size: can fit S-L) embellished with beads, pompoms, and butterfly embroidery!
Abre Linea Incorporated
Handmade embroidered ticog bags, mats, and accessories from Leyte & Samar.
Visit https://www.abrelineaincorporated.com/ to view their whole catelogue.
For the rates, you may reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded by high school friends Anna Veloso Tuazon, Claude Rodrigo Canete, and Joy Yu, Abre Linea started after Typhoon Haiyan tore through Eastern Visayas in November 8, 2013. Abre Linea was their response to the tapering relief provisions and the scarcity of soft loans for Haiyan survivors.
Now, it is an active social enterprise that fuses contemporary designs with local artisanal craftsmanship through its livelihood projects. Abre, which translates to “open” in Waray, is an open response to provide a sustainable form of livelihood for weaving communities in Leyte and Samar. The advocacy is simple: to open access to help.
They have woven bags, mats, and luggage tags, and such. Pieces can accent your home and give it a cozy Filipino feel.
Yakang Yaka & Knitting Expedition
YakangYaka Trading promotes indigenous crafts of Mindanao by creating sustainable and ethical fashion made by weavers in Zamboanga.
Kniting Expedition create plushies, woolly warmers and handmade home products knit by mamas who also take care of the rice terraces in Ifugao, Philippines.
What I love about their pieces is how they add fun and character to a room. More than that, these would make good additions to your home if you have kids. My son loves plushies and I know that he would appreciate these handmade pieces.
Knitting Expedition was started by two avid knitters, Candy Reyes-Alipio and Aurora Mangubat-Suarez. They made a social enterprise that crafts quirky toys, handmade home accessories and woolly warmers which are hand knit by mamas who tend the rice terraces in the Ifugao region. They continue to provide supplementary income for women who maintain rice terraces in Uhaj, Ifugao - to allow them to stay on their ancestral lands and not have to find work somewhere else.
YakangYaka is all about promoting the indigenous crafts of Mindanao by creating sustainable and ethical fashion made by weavers in Zamboanga. The name means “never give up” which is essentially what motivated them to continuously find avenues to help weavers in Mindanao, and at the same time, incessantly finding ways to showcase these Mindanao gems to Filipinos, and foreigners! They offer a wide array of bags, shoes, knitted scarves, travel accessories and more… plus these plush bears that I adore.
HABI: A Journey Through
This book serves as an introduction to the different kinds of Philippine handmade textiles from the Ilocano abel, to the patadyong from Iloilo.
Edited by Rene Guatlo, it includes essays by Adelaida Lim, Ana Labrador, Felice Prudente Sta. Maria, Robert Lane, Randy David, Mitzi Aguilar-Reyes, Lourdes Mastura, Norma Crisologo, Floy Quintos, Patricia Araneta, among others.
And if you’re addicted to Philippine weaves such as myself, it would be great to have a book that will educate you to handmade textiles from all over the country.
This book was made available by the Habi Textile Council, who preserve, promote and enhance Philippine Textiles through education, communication and research using public and private resources. Aside from developing and marketing the unique and varied indigenous fabrics, Habi also links weavers with institutions that can provide technical support for their welfare and the preservation of their culture.
I have a copy of this book, and it really gives an in depth look into different weaves and the stories & people behind it. From inabel to patadyong, hablon to yakan. So much diversity, yet these weaves unifies what defines us as Filipinos.