The National Commission for Culture and the Arts in cooperation with SM Supermalls will bring Woven Identities: Clothing Traditions of Asean exhibit to various SM Malls across Luzon from June through December this year.
The project is the result of NCCA’s commitment to the Asean Committee on Culture and Information (ASEAN-COCI), as it implements commemorative activities towards the realization of the Asean Integration 2015.
“Through this project, we hope to bring several messages to the public. First, that the Philippines is a member of the Asean and second, that it shares a rich textile and clothing tradition that stand parallel with its Asean neighbors,” said NCCA’s OIC-Executive Director Adelina Suemith.
Woven Identities will be travelling around the Metro and some parts of Luzon starting its first stop at the Event Centre 2 of SM City Clark in Pampanga from June 10 to 15. From there, it will move to SM Lucena’s Mall Atrium from June 23 to 28; SM City Baliuag from August 5 to 9; SM City Marikina from September 18 to 24; SM City Masinag from September 28 to October 4; SM Center Angono from October 5 to 11; SM City San Mateo from October 12 to 18; SM City Taytay from October 19 to 25 and SM San Lazaro from October 26 to 29.
Woven Identities showcases a plethora of weaving techniques and embroideries that symbolize Asean’s unique identity, tradition and heritage. Featured in the exhibit are the full traditional attire of the ten member states, complete from footwear and accessories – the Terno and the Barong Tagalog of the Philippines; the Ao Dai and Ao Gam of Vietnam; Laoatian Xout Lou; Cambodia’s sampot; Myanmar’s Yinzi and Tikepon; Suea Phraratchathan and Chong Kraben of Thailand; Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam’s variants of their Baju Kurung and Baju Melayu; the Indonesian Kebaya and Jas Betawi; and Singapore’s traditional Peranakan attire.
Charisse Aquino-Tugade, head of the curatorial team, noted the identifying quality of the wrap-around skirt among the Southeast Asian community as each Asean member state sport its own variant and use of the piece of clothing—the malong of the Philippines, the sampot of Cambodia and the sarong of Indonesia.
The exhibit was initially installed at the Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, Department of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the commemorative reception of the 47th Asean Day Celebration in Manila last 2014. Aside from its DFA showcase and the upcoming mall tours of the exhibit, Woven Identities was also mounted at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City, and the NCCA Gallery in Intramuros, Manila.