This online textile marketplace aims to support local weavers in the time of COVID-19
Likhang Habi Market Fair, an annual three-day textile fair by the Philippine Textile Council has now put up an online marketplace for its Habi sellers.
Established in 2009 after the second ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium in the Philippines, the fair is known for bringing together the best local weavers and artisans from all over the country as it provides a venue for them to showcase and sell their handwoven textiles, new product designs, as well as connect them to the international market.
Now as a way of adapting to the “new normal,” the council has decided to launch a Facebook page that will allow their Habi vendors to promote their products and services despite the community quarantines. The page, called #HabiCommunity Virtual Marketplace, is meant to serve as a platform to connect old and new buyers with vendors and communities to help spark trade and commerce consequently reviving sources of livelihood even amid the pandemic.