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6 Must-See Pieces at the Habi Market Fair

From intricate tribal weaves to whimsical children’s toys, get the best local textiles at this annual fair


What’s in a weave? A piece of traditional woven fabric can reveal the distinct culture behind a region, and the artistry of its people. All these will be experienced at the sixth annual Habi Market Fair, which will be held at the Glorietta Activity Center this October 14 to 16, 2016.

Habi’s goal is the preservation, development and marketing via entrepreneurship of the Philippines’ unique and varied indigenous fabrics. Think inabel from Northern Luzon, silk from Negros, the Cordillera fabrics of Sagada, Banawe, Kalinga, piña from Aklan and Palawan, plus the colorful weaves from all over Mindanao.

At Habi Market fair, buyers are introduced to a wide range of woven products while weavers and vendors exchange ideas on the marketing, creative design and modern use of the fabrics with traders, designers and other interested parties. Here are six products to look out for:

Philippine cotton

A pet project of Habi is to support a return to pure cotton in weaving. In today’s trend of slow fashion, hand-woven 100% cotton is a highly valued item.

Fair trade Pieces from Gifts and Graces

This fair trade organization uses T’nalak, Buri, and other traditional weaves to create unique and whimsical fashion accessories, toys, and décor whose production helps local communities.

Maranao fabric from Balud Crafts

These exuberantly patterned and colored Maranao textiles from Mindanao stole the show last year. Landap and lakban, malongs, and other textiles for fashion and décor will be on display.

The beauty of inabel courtesy of Beyond Borders Philippines

Beyond Borders aims to raise awareness of the beauty of inabel, a traditional Ilocano weave. Their modern interpretation of inabel is done in contemporary patterns and urban colors.

Crochet from Milvidas

The delicacy of crochet is seen in the hand-dyed, hand-crocheted household pieces of Milvidas. We love the coasters, pillows, and macramé hangers.

Namarabar Ethnic Crafts from Abra

These stunners from the Mountain Province of Benguet are Namarabar’s beautifully crafted indigenous textiles. The pieces tell stories—some of them even have embroidery that show the tribes planting rice!

Visit the Habi Market Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala Center, Makati City, from October 14 to 16. Photos courtesy of Habi, and main bedroom photo by Dakila Angeles.

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