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ArteFino 2018: Anya Lim Of Anthill Fabric Advocates Zero Waste Fashion—Watch Out For Their Collection Of Hand-Woven, Modern Filipina Basics

Anya Lim of Anthill Fabric


Anya Lim's background in NGO work exposed her to initiatives aimed at social change and, unfortunately, the reality that goals for such causes are not met due to funding issues. Her determination to bring about solutions to social issues led her to social entrepreneurship. 

With her eyes set on doing business for a social cause and achieving sustainable social change, she co-founded ANTHILL with her mother. ANTHILL stands for Alternative Nest and Trading/Training Hub for Indigenous/ingenious Little Livelihood seekers.


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Expounding  on the thrust of ANTHILL, Anya tells Metro.Style, "ANTHILL is a social and cultural enterprise, and we work with different weaving communities across the country by applying weaves into contemporary and zero waste design, to support sustainable livelihood." In their effort to carry out their business and grow local enterprise, they promote homegrown skills and put back the spotlight on traditional materials and cultures in the process.



For this year's ArteFino fair, set to take place on August 30 to September 2 in 8 Rockwell, ANTHILL has a capsule collection inspired by the "Modern Filipina." Aptly dubbed "Moderna: An ArteFino Exclusive," the collection has smart casual and workwear pieces that include boleros, dresses, and top-and-culottes and blazer-and-skirt ensembles.

Taking cues from the elements of the traditional Maria Clara, ANTHILL has come up with "clean, structured and feminine wear for the empowered, strong and independent women and girl bosses of today." 


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"This year, we're experimenting on more zero waste or more circular fashion innovations and we're using edging scraps. So these are super tiny strands of threads from an edging machine and then they're knotted together and woven into a new fabric," says Anya. 

Joining ArteFino, Anya says, also motivates them to step up and elevate their designs, in hopes of further providing sustainable fashion choices to local consumers—that, and to continuously stay true to ANTHILL's core: of providing sustainable livelihood to communities. 


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Video by Marie Francia, Marnie Giron, and Berwin Coroza 

Video editing by Berwin Coroza

Photos from @anthillfabric @artefinoph @metrosocietyph