On the hunt for some gorgeously woven textiles by our local Filipino artists?
You're in luck as HABI: The Philippine Textile Council has announced the return of the annual Likhang HABI Market Fair this October.
Happening at the Glorietta Activity Center from Oct. 14 to 16, the 12th edition of the market fair will have more than 60 vendors offering handmade pieces of a wide array of locally-made products. You can take your pick from woven fabrics, ready-to-wear clothes, home accessories, and even furniture and pottery.
Various homegrown brands will be showcased during the three-day affair, as well as educational programs such as a pottery demo and a weaving workshop.
You can also a witness two unique competitions: the annual Lourdes Montinola Piña Weaving Competition and the Eloisa Hizon Gomez Abaca Competition, which will scrutinize which contestant has the best product in terms of textiles, processes, and materials.
According to the event's stylist Kitty Bunag, Likhang HABI Market Fair will feature a look inspired from outdoor marketplaces in various parts of the world.
"Vendor booths will be made of wood and canvas where each retailer can best showcase their products. Textiles hanging from dried ornamental trees serve as the main focal of the venue. We’re creating a space that will be familiar for both local and foreign patrons," Bunag said.
Maribel Ongpin, founder of HABI, highlighted that the event is an important one for them as it is one of the main sources of funding for the council’s projects, which includes preserving the art of weaving, educating consumers, and helping locally-made products and artists be recognized by the national and global market.
"As a country, we carry important fibers like piña and abaca that are uniquely ours. [These] are world-renowned. Since museums in the world feature [these pieces, it’s] considered a legacy of Filipino craftsmanship, identity, and the nation," Ongpin said.