ILOILO CITY: The Department of Trade and Industry regional office here sent two Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-assisted enterprises in Western Visayas that specializes in hand woven fabrics to join the more than 2,800 producers from other parts of the world in the Thailand OTOP Fair (OTOP Silapacheep 2016) in Bangkok, Thailand. Rebecca Rascon, DTI regional director said Marjorie Segurigan of the Indag-an Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Miag-ao, Iloilo and Juler Fernandez of JAF Handicraft and Piña Industry from Barangay Old Buswang in Kalibo, Aklan displayed their best products at the trade fair. Indag-an Primary Multi-Purpose Cooperative produces ‘hablon’ fabrics, shawls, placemats, scarfs and barong, among others. ‘Hablon’ is a hand-loomed fabric made from cotton, abaca or other indigenous fibers. On the other hand, JAF is producer of handwoven fabrics from indigenous fibers like pineapple, abaca, silk or cotton.
Lydia C. Pendon