Look At How Local Weaves And Craftsmanship Are Highlighted In This Bayo Collab
HABI puts natural fiber textiles to the forefront!
The weaving industry in the Philippines is nothing but vibrant and flourishing. Our rich heritage gave birth to the creation of fashionable, wearable art, with local artisans running the mill to produce fine and one-of-a-kind statement pieces that are proudly and finely handcrafted.
However, like in any industry, it’s not without its struggles. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, reviving and sustaining the craft have had major bumps since. Thankfully, HABI: The Philippine Textile Council finds ways to assist the weaving community through different campaigns that helps artisans gain a broader reach.
This year, HABI further promotes the advocacy with the project called #HABIConnects, which aims to link more local and global brands and businesses with Filipino weavers from different parts of the country.
Rolling out their first collaboration with fashion brand BAYO, they created a collection that uses natural fiber textiles in cotton, abaca, and piña from La Herminia in Aklan, Ambension weavers in Bulacan, and Argao weavers in Cebu. It also features weaves of polyester worked with cotton threads to upcycle industry scraps or production offcuts and avert them from ending up in landfills.
“We’re elated that more brands are using sustainable and local materials in their products,” HABI president Laida Lim says. “Our collaboration with BAYO is just the beginning. With the HABI Connects campaign, we hope that more entrepreneurs and businesses, not just in fashion and lifestyle but also in other industries, will follow suit and support our local weaving communities.”
In the gallery below, check out some of the pieces included in the HABI Connects BAYO collection—and find yourself a new statement piece to flaunt.