A new look for PH textiles

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COMMISSIONING two of the country’s top young designers, Citem will introduce to the market new and exciting collections for Home and Fashion using Philippine indigenous materials in the upcoming Manila FAME.

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Olivia d’Aboville, the program’s main designer for this category, will show modern home applications of the fabrics developed with the participating weaving communities.

Meanwhile, Amina Aranaz-Alunan, the commissioned designer for fashion, will exhibit her clothing designs using indigenous textiles that are both trendy and functional.

Now on its second edition under the Manila FAME umbrella, NeoTextiles Philippines will feature six weaving communities coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions. There will be twice the number of textile manufacturer-participants for this year’s coming trade show compared to its introductory launch.

The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) provided textile development support and consultancy to the participating designers as part of the textile development component of the program.

The featured Visayan textiles and manufacturers are the piña by Heritage Arts and Crafts of Aklan, Philippine silk by Negros Silk Manufacturers’ Association of Negros Occidental, hablon by Salngan Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Iloilo, and raffia textile by Tubigon Loomweavers Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Bohol.

For the Mindanao textiles and manufacturers, the trade event will have the hinabol by Higaunon Women Weavers of Bukidnon and t’nalak woven by the T’boli weavers of Klowil Multi-Purpose Cooperative in South Cotabato.

To showcase the versatility of the NeoTextiles, d’Aboville will team-up with CustomMade Crafts Center and Tinukib to produce home items made of hinabol and hablon. That One Piece Company will also collaborate with the Filipino-French designer to create eye-catching lamps using the developed fabrics.

Meanwhile, Aranaz-Alunan will introduce her indigenous textile collection under the Aranaz brand using NeoTextiles.

In 2013, Citem launched its Material Development Program, giving birth to NeoTextiles Philippines, a textile-development and branding initiative for contemporary Philippines textiles.

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