Woven Identities: Clothing Traditions of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), a travelling textile exhibit featuring the various clothing traditions of the Asean member states, weaved its way to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA) Gallery in April.
NCCA’s OIC-Executive Director Adelina Suemith noted in her opening remarks the importance of the exhibit in conveying the message of Philippines’ unity with its Asean neighbors. “Through this project, we hope to bring several messages across the nations. First, that the Philippines is a member of the ASEAN community; and second, that it shares a rich textile and clothing tradition that stand parallel with its ASEAN neighbors” she said.
Featured in the exhibit are the full traditional attire of the 10 member states, complete from footwear and accessories: the Terno and the barong Tagalog of the Philippines; the Ao Dai and Ao Gam of Vietnam; 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.
The textile exhibit was launched August last year at the Department of Foreign Affairs before it was installed in the Senate of the Philippines.
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