The Filipino fabrics and materials that shine this Christmas season

Fabrics narrate the history of a people through the warp and weft of tradition and culture. Philippine textiles from the northern inabel to the southern t’nalak reveal the rich and colourful story of the nation’s regions and their unique mores. Central to both the daily life and ancient rituals of Filipinos, the fabrics of the archipelago form interwoven threads of various local cultures, which celebrate the rich polyphony of dialects that comprise the Philippine design landscape.

These homegrown brands tell an inspired narrative of the Filipino design language told in modern parlance, passing on traditions through the story of fabrics. This Christmas, support local talent and social enterprise by choosing from this fine selection of colors and textures for the creative natives on your shopping list.

Abaca

Endemic to the Philippines, abaca has been part of the historical fabric of the Philippines since the pre-colonial period and is woven across the country in Bicol, Mindanao, and Eastern Visayas. Pure abaca fabrics include Pinukpok, T’nalak, and Sinamay, which are woven into various forms such as clothing, bags, furniture, and home accessories.

Our abaca slippers, your adventures.

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Piña

Sustainable, lightweight, and lustrous, pineapple fabric (internationally known as pineapple organza) is one of the fabrics at the core of Filipino culture for centuries. Made from the Spanish Red variety of the pineapple plant, piña takes six stages to create and is traditionally woven into formal wear such as the terno, baro’t saya, and barong Tagalog. Known as the queen of local fabrics, piña is a versatile cloth that has been blended with silk, cotton, and abaca to create traditional, modern, and haute couture clothing by local and international designers.

Handwoven cotton silk shibori shawls available at the Rurungan showroom!

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Inabel

Part of the local heritage of the Ilocos region in northern Luzon, the inabel weave is a tradition that traces its roots to the pre-colonial period in the 16th century and is referenced in the Ilocano epic Biag ni Lam-ang. The creation of the inabel follows a 13-step process from picking the cotton to making the final product; cotton is woven by craftspeople on handlooms and dyed with the sagut plum. Distinguished by their excellent quality, inabel products are used as heirloom blankets, tablecloths and runners, towels, clothing, and home decorations as an integral fabric of the Ilocano way of life.

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Looking for a great stocking stuffer? These handwoven abel handtowels also double as bread basket liners or table accents. "Inabel" or "Abel Iloko" is fabric handwoven on large antique wooden looms in the Northern Ilokos region of the Philippines. Everything is done by hand on old wooden looms, mostly by grandmothers who still know the craft. Keep a dying craft alive and consider these items for your Christmas needs. Limited patterns, sold in sets of 4. Shipping within the Philippines only for now. International shipping coming soon! To order, check the link in our bio. #Filiology #Inabel #Abel #Handwoven #Handmade #IlocosNorte #Philippines #Christmas #StockingStuffer #GiftIdea #LivingCulture #LivingHeritage #Loom #Shop

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Plant-based weaving

Part of the Philippines’ rich resource of natural fibers, plant-based raw materials like ticog, raffia, and buri are the foundation of the Philippines’ rich textile industry. They are stripped, woven, and dyed to create a variety of finishes and a wide range of products like furniture and accessories. Produced in Bicol and the Visayas region, the raffia palm is sturdy and malleable with long, thin, and fibrous strands, which are ideal for crafting mats and decorative materials. Made from the century plant, the buri palm is fan-shaped and broad stalked, producing a versatile fabric. The texture and color of ticog are achieved through a bleaching process of many days and are commonly used as a home accessory.

How bout bags made of ticog? Yay or nay? #clasiqueph #class #unique #handmade #banig #bagsph

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Pearl Bayong, now bigger. #FashionDesignerDiaries

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Bonus: Recycled Materials

Sustainability, more than an emerging trend, is a practice that a growing crop of designers are incorporating as a fundamental aspect of their labels. Upcycled fabrics, clothes, and furniture are fashionable alternatives that encourage a culture of mindful consumption. Designers are creatively addressing the problem of plastic waste by reworking materials into practical and stylish items. Made for progressive trendsetters who are partners in building a better environment, local labels are designing a greener future one sustainable piece at a time.

Wishing for the sun to stay out so the mats can come and hang. ☀︎ #HaloHaloStore

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Gifts by Two Chic, Halo Halo Store, Jude Macasinag, Good Luck Humans, Zarah Juan, and more, can be found at ArteFino’s holiday pop-up event, “PRESENTE”, at the R2 level Rockwell Power Plant Mall until December 31, 2017.