HABI 2019: Highlights of our HABI Journey

Highlights of our HABI Journey, the 9th Likhang HABI Market Fair will kick off on October 11 at the Activity Center, Glorietta, Makati City.

Driven by its genuine desire to promote the preservation and creative enhancement of the indigenous textile industry through entrepreneurship and synergy

Immerse yourselves this year with an event filled with all of HABI’s work throughout the year and the advocacies they support.

 The three-day event is a celebration of native creativity in weaving textiles, mats and baskets and artisanal craft.

Organized by HABI, The Philippine Textile Council, the Likhang HABI Market fair has grown steadily from year one when participants numbered all of 12.  This year, there will be close to 52 merchants, weaving communities, crafters, and artisans showcasing handwoven traditional textiles, sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle products.  The program of activities will feature loom weaving demonstrations, cultural dances, art installations, Pina weaving contest, musical performances and a HABI Craft Corner.

HABI, The Philippine Textile Council was established under the auspices of the Museum Foundation after hosting the Second ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium in Manila in 2009.  The main objective of the council was originally to preserve traditional weaving practices and textiles but since becoming familiar with the plight of weavers in far-flung communities, the not-for-profit organization has adopted a Philippine cotton advocacy to revive the use of cotton yarns in the handloom weaving industry.

A learning opportunity for weavers, consumers, and traders

“More than presenting our unique and varied indigenous fabrics, we also aim to educate the public about how important it is to support our traditional textile industry,” said HABI President Adelaida Lim. “We also want to show not only our fellow Filipinos but also the global community that our indigenous textiles can be a part of our modern lifestyle,” Lim added. (HABI President)

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