Support local as Likhang HABI Fair 2020 goes online

Here’s one way to celebrate National Indigenous People’s Month.

Since its establishment in 2009, Likhang HABI Fair brought the best Filipino-made products from different parts of the country to the metro. Bringing Philippine culture and art to the forefront of the lifestyle industry has been its goal for the longest time. And even in the face of a global pandemic, the Filipino artisans’ fair stays true to that mission.

For this year, Likhang HABI Fair takes a leap as it goes digital for the first time. Weaving enthusiasts and local merchandise aficionados can expect to see the vibrant Filipino artistry in its new e-commerce site www.shophabifair.com, from Oct. 21 to 27. Over 30 merchants representing various weaving communities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will showcase sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle products at the online market fair.

“Since we are not allowed to gather in large groups because of the pandemic, the online edition of the Likhang HABI Market Fair is our way of helping to sustain the local weaving economy,” says HABI president Adelaida Lim. “We urge our HABI friends to join us in this endeavor.”

As many industries are looking at sustainability as a necessary business step to take, they’re are also recognizing the importance of the Philippines’ traditional weaving. Long before textile production has been a commercial business, weaving has been among the many ways Filipino indigenous groups preserve their traditions, centering their craft on sustainability by paying respect to the resources and their ancestors.

“There are many beautiful fabrics from the different areas in our country,” says HABI chairperson Maribel Ongpin. “One of our main goals is to make sure that our traditional textiles will still be a part of our modern lifestyle as we transition to the new normal.”

HABI also continues its long-term commitment and advocacy of reviving the use of pure Philippine cotton, a fiber that is very much a part of the Filipino culture. It has partnered with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA) to give local weavers organic cotton seeds and threads for its Cotton Adoption Project to boost its position in the handloom weaving industry.

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