Homegrown retail luxury brand Rustan’s celebrated Filipino talent with a showcase of handcrafted products and fabrics made by indigenous communities.
This proudly Pinoy initiative, supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Sen. Loren Legarda, a tireless advocate for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, kicked off with a grand exhibit, titled Dayaw: Culture and Art Exhibition, on June 21 at Rustan’s Makati.
Sen. Legarda shared that weaving is not merely a pastime or a livelihood activity as each thread signifies the values of diligence, patience, hard work, and love for culture that these indigenous communities continue to embrace and live by. She further explained that we are a historically plural and multi-ethnic society with 110 indigenous peoples’ (IP) groups, and that each community possesses its own traditional knowledge and practices that have shaped our story as a nation. Thus, it is through these cultural efforts that we preserve and celebrate these traditions.
Encouraging newfound appreciation for our weaving traditions, Rustan’s also hosted live demonstrations in their different branches. From the meticulous process of making cotton thread, to the unique weaving techniques and patterns of indigenous tribes, the live exhibits brought to light our proud cultural heritage.
Guests were able to see first-hand the fine craftsmanship that went into some of the finer weaves through the following exhibits:Traditional Ga’dang Cloth Weaving and Accessories Making, Traditional Tikog Mat Weaving, and Traditional Bagobo Beads Making and Embroidery.
Complementing the efforts to elevate proudly Pinoy designs, Rustan’s highlighted as well its Filipiniana line, aptly titled, Our Very Own (OVO), which is composed of beautiful and luxe home accents and fashion, as well as the limited edition home collection by National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, “Rustan’s X BenCab” Collection. This collection features “Sabel,” one of BenCab’s most beloved and enduring subjects. The images of Sabel, inspired by a real-life scavenger whom the artist photographed and sketched in 1965, is presented in porcelain plates, mugs, cushion covers, fans, decorative trays, and utility boxes. The entire collection becomes a stunning display of the legendary artist’s touch and vision.
The Dayaw Exhibit will be on view at Rustan’s Makati until July 4.