Insights from a Crash Course on the Philippine Textile Industry
September 25, 2012
Department of Clothing, Textile, and Interior Design - College of Home Economics
University of the Philippines, Diliman
Not very many people know much about the Philippine Textile Industry, primarily because 1) it’s not within their field and therefore don’t really seek to know more about it, or 2) it IS within their field but it seems too work-intensive/costly to get into. However, I believe that the status of the Philippine Textile Industry should be a concern for every Filipino.
Thanks to my good friend Kitty, who teaches Clothing Technology at UP, and knows of my interest in the subject (see my posts on weaving/textile) and my desire to really generating more awareness of our textile traditions after my visit to Ock Pop Tok in Laos, I had the privilege of attending the Scanning Philippine Indigenous Textiles forum. For me, it only further validated my belief that every Filipino should know more about it.
Let me share some of the highlights.
Easter Weaving, Baguio: Keeping tradition alive, non-traditionally
I’ve always been a fan of tribal prints and ethnic-looking things, yes even before they came into fashion, as evidenced by several bags and articles of clothing in my closet, and my Navajo camera strap design for Punchdrunk Panda, so naturally, I was like a kid who had stepped into Willy Wonka’s factory when I set foot in Easter Weaving’s Showroom.
You could opt to purchase rolls of fabric, which initially, at around P400/meter for a 30”-wide roll sounds steep. However, upon seeing the process behind the creation of the material (which I hope to share with you guys in a video), and the beauty of the patterns, I realize it is justifiably “pricey” after all. See some of the drool-worthy textiles below: