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10 Fantastic Local Finds at the HABI x Kultura Collab

The word ‘local’ has been thrown around for a while now—whether it’s used to refer to snacking choices, cooking, travel, or fashion—awakening the Filipinos’ consciousness towards the excellence of Philippine-made products, and encouraging us not only to use them, but to find a way to keep traditions alive and adapt them to the modern lifestyle.

HABI, the Philippine Textile Council and pioneer in market fair and advocacy for communities in the Filipino Artisan trade, will highlight some of the unsung heroes of the indigenous Filipino textile industry in their first collaboration with Kultura.

On April 13-15 2018, LIKHANG HABI X KULTURA will join forces to celebrate the country’s two pioneer cultural supporters in Filipino Craftmanship.  This is an exciting year for both parties to participate together to highlight brands that are all in the same bandwagon. To support Filipino artisans and to help keep the cultural tradition of these crafts alive.


(L-R) HABI President Adelaida Lim and Maribel Ongpin, HABI Founder


“This year, we want to pay homage to the very makers of the indigenous Filipino textile who are responsible for the development and growth of our locally woven products. With their innate creativity and love for the craft, they empower the local Filipino tradition, culture, and customs to thrive in the modern market,” said HABI Chair Maribel Ongpin.

“We also want to show not only our fellow Filipinos but also the global community that our indigenous textiles can be a part of our modern lifestyle,” Lim added.

Metro.Style was privy to some of the things you’ll find in the upcoming event, and here are some of most fantastic items you can purchase to support local!



Patches like these are popular now, and the prints are so unique you’ll want to grab a few for your collection!


Style Isle by Twinkle Ferraren: An Art Advocacy Project that aims to continue to help push and support weaving communities in the Philippines.


Soliya Inspired Clutches

MCV Designs (@mcvdesigns )

MCV Designs creates affordable, stylish bags that are proudly produced in the Philippines with materials sourced locally


Handwoven and Hand-painted throw pillows


Yakang Yaka @yakangyakabarter

Hand painted back strap loom woven pillows #Yakahome


Slow fashion Brand with Purpose. Mission is to increase the income of marginalized members of society such as weavers, sewers, single mothers. A brand that supports livelihood programs in the Philippines.


Wearable art


Good Luck Humans a thread work studio by Apol Massebieau


Hand-cut hand-sewn fabric components made into wearable products supporting livelihood programs.


Indigenous-style clothing

Clothes by Designer Twinkle Ferraren and Lucia Capuyan of Narda’s Handwoven Arts and Crafts.


Narda Capuyan, took on our Ifugao ikat tradition and transformed it into our signature ikat fabrics, a fabric that’s made from traditional hand weaving and techniques infused with color blends relevant to current lifestyles.

Baskets by: Tagolwanen Weavers of Bukidnon


Binalkay @binalkay

Brand by Rurungan Sa Tubod Foundation. Cotton weaves in modern Ikat designs


Shawls and Scarves


Interweave Concepts Checkered Handwoven Cotton Beach Wraps @interweaveconcepts


Interweave Concepts aims to support local weaving communities by developing and marketing handwoven products, utilizing natural Philippine fibers.

Narda’s Natural Ikat Dye Scarves


Philippine Cotton Cloths

Philippine Cotton Hand Woven Textiles that is the result of our Philippine Cotton Advocacy . HABI gives Ph cotton thread to weavers.


Woven Bags

Narda’s Handwoven Arts & Crafts

Supporting Cordilleran mothers by training weaving and ikat dyeing techniques.


AKABA LTD Design Co.  @akabako

Local weaving into their messenger bags and products.

A lifestyle company. Social innovation, design and cultural heritage for empowerment.


HolaLili By Meg Keough  @holalilidesigns


Hola Lili wants to support quality jobs where workers are artisans and do not have to travel away from their families to make a living. At the same time, your purchase helps keep shoemaking skills alive and in demand. Hola Lili works with a small shoe workshop-factory that is dedicated to preserving the shoemaking tradition, with innovative styles and progressive business practices.


Melograno Handwoven shoes by Ruby Diaz Roa

Store is located in Makati Garden Club.



Gifts & Graces Foundation

Gifts and Graces is a not-for-profit social enterprise that advocates fair trade and supports various marginalized craftsmen with their livelihood.


Copper Necklace and Parol Earrings by Good Luck Humans


(L-R) Myda Prieto, Rosal Lim, Felicia Trinidad,Lisa Lorenzo Uy,  Twinkle Ferraren, Adelaida Lim, Mia Villanueva, Mike and Bank Claparols, Kelly Marian Murga Mortensen, Kylie Misa, Kisha Roxas


LIKHANG HABI X KULTURA will be on April 13-15 2018 at the SM Megamall New Mega Fashion Hall D, and the 8th Likhang HABI Market Fair falls in October at the Glorietta Activity Center.

For more information about this collaboration , please visit or follow and Instagram @habifair #supportthehabilifestyle



photos by Chris Clemente