Likhang Habi Market Fair – Oct. 24-26, 2014

Going on it’s fourth year, the HABI textile bazaar features handwoven traditional cloth from northern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. This year the focus is on Philippine cotton — grown, spun and woven in the country. Cotton is an agricultural product that has been cultivated here even before Spanish colonisation. The quality of Philippine cotton is that of the best in the world — long and strong yet supple. HABI, The Philippine Textile Council, over the past year has sourced this elusive fiber and made it available to weavers in various parts of the country. Textiles woven from this cotton will be available at the fair at Glorietta 2 Activity Center, Palm Drive, Makati City, on October 24, 25, 26.

In the global market, organic cotton is sought for garments for both casual wear and special attires. It is favoured for its natural beauty, comfort and versatility. The HABI textile bazaar, an annual market encounter between weavers and buyers, encourages the use and revival of cotton in traditional textiles. For too long, the only available thread for most handloom weavers been cheap synthetic filaments or blends of cotton and acrylic. This fact has depreciated the quality and value of our traditional textiles. But if cotton production and weaving is resuscitated, it would project hand woven cloth, made in the Philippines, to the global market.

Over 50 weavers and handwoven textile producers will participate in this year’s HABI bazaar which has been growing and attracting the attention of buyers since it’s inception as a small side event in the ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium held in Manila in 2009.

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