HABI Philippine Cotton advocacy and Phil Fida

#HABI Journey “ From Cotton Seed to Fabric “ is a recent trip visiting the Ifugao Heritage of 

Ifugao Nation spearheaded by Marlon Martin. An  Ifugao cultural warrior and a strong advocate of its culture. Media and HABI members immersed themselves into a trip to Kiangan Ifugao that emphasized on the revival of Philippine Cotton back into Ifugao Ikat textile. Everyone is anticipating seeing these textiles during this years fair. Fabrics all woven in HABI Philippine Cotton.

We would like to thank the following media partners who came on this immersive HABI cultural trip:

When In Manila
Philippine Tatler
Youngstar Ph
Grid Magazine

Textiles made from cotton and other natural fibers are in vogue due to the current slow fashion movement.  The demand is for organic and ethically produced garments. Environmentally aware designers seek pure cotton textiles that have a gentler impact on the environment in terms of waste and energy use. 

Furthermore, in keeping with HABI’s long-term commitment and advocacy of reviving the use of pure Philippine cotton and local fibers, there will also be a lecture on cultivating and growing  Philippine cotton, a fiber that is endemic in the Philippines and is an integral part of the native Filipino rituals and lore, and indigenous culture by (PhilFida. Philippine Fiber Authority)

The availability of Philippine cotton yarns for weaving will boost a creative economy of empowered women weavers.  HABI is working with farmer communities and PhilFIDA (the Philippine cotton authority) to increase hectarage planted to cotton.  For the past two years, HABI has purchased Philippine cotton crops from farmers in Ilocos Norte and Iloilo. The lint was spun into yarns by the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI).  HABI has plans to continue to work with local farmers and our local spinning facilities in Iloilo so that locally grown cotton can be spun for weavers. The objective is to work place micro spinning machineries in Philippine cotton farming communities to lower the cost of production.  Obtainable Philippine cotton yarns will make the creation of higher quality textiles possible.

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