Just came from a trip to the Ilocos pursuing our textile advocacy.  (Disclosure: I am the Chair of HABI:  The Philippine Textile Council). Our thrust at the moment is persuading weavers to go back to cotton.

Cotton, a natural fiber, whose use in fabric brings in higher prices than synthetic thread, should be the future of our indigenous textile weaving industry. It used to be the fiber of choice among our traditional weavers (together with abaca and piña) but with the scarcity of the material in the last decades, weavers have switched to synthetic threads.

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