Likhang Habi Online Market Fair

Likhang HABI Market Fair goes online for the very first time driven by their advocacy to promote and preserve local textile industry,HABI : The Philippine Textile Council continues to provide platforms for local weavers to showcase their work to more people.

“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. “And we urge our HABI friends to join us in this endeavor.”

The Online Market Fair will showcase sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle products from over 30 merchants from  Luzon,Visayas and Mindanao.

Since 2009,HABI has been providing weavers and local weaving communities platforms to further improve their creative design skills and modern marketing by exchanging ideals with consumers,designers and traders. 

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

HABI also continues their long term commitment and advocacy of reviving the use of pure Philippine cotton, a fiber that’s part of the Filipino culture. They have partnered up with Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PHILFIDA) and give local farmers cotton seeds and threads to use for the Cotton Adoption Project to encourage more weavers to use Pure Philippine cotton in their products.

Aside from the online fair, there will also be a series of webinars and four day online summit in line with HABI’s mission to promote Filipino culture and heritage.

For 2020, HABI is supporting Nayong Pilipino for Mga Hibla ng Pamana: A Summit on Weaving as Intangible Cultural Heritage. The 4 day online summit aims to discuss how different sectors in the country are collaborating to protect and conserve traditional weaving practices and traditions.

HABI is also collaborating with CulturAid, Kularts, House of Gongs, and Museo ng Muntinlupa to present the first-ever international Voices from the Field Program that will feature a series of webinars on the topic of Filipino Identity and Contemporary Cultural Practice in the Philippines and the Diaspora. This webinar series aims to bridge interdisciplinary voices and encourage dialogue to better understand howour varied experiences as Filipinos have shaped the way we think, move, and learn.

Check out their official Facebook page, and @habifair on Instagram for the complete schedule of talks and webinars.

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