Retail therapy isn’t necessarily bad or frivolous, especially when your purchases benefit others. In Likhang HABI Kalayaan Online Fair, over 30 exhibitors representing weaving and artisanal communities around the Philippines will showcase their wares.
The virtual shopping platform from HABI The Philippine Textile Council will run from June 12 to 20. It will feature five categories: Fashion and Accessories, Home and Office, Nature and Wellness, Pop Culture, and Gift Ideas for Dad. (Note to self: Father’s Day is on June 20!)
Each purchase your make doesn’t just support our country’s talented craftspeople and women who dye, weave, sew, and embroider to put food on their families’s tables. It also affirms your sense of nationalism and appreciation for all things Pinoy. (Read: 4 Unique Gift Ideas To Surprise Dad With On Father’s Day)
Here are 20 of the many selections to covet:
Likhang Habi: Fashion and Accessories
- Sarimanok slide, Aishe Footwear, P1,800. Designed by the people of Taal, the denim and abaca slide features colorful embroidery of the mythical fowl.
- Fully handwoven coat, Kandama Social Enterprise, P8,500. Show them who’s boss in a black, white, and red-striped coat hand-woven by the women of Julongan Village, Ifugao. The fully lined jacket boasts patterns with the Ifugao symbols of plants and rivers.
- Sleeveless summer blouse, Melograno, P3,500. Detailed embroidery by the Itneg Tribe of Abra is the highlight of this lightweight top that comes in different colors.
- Lukot bag, Ditta Sandico, P1,650. Made of banaca—a blend of abaca and poly/cotton yarns. This pretty bag, with its sculptural design and vivid color, is the ultimate standout accessory!
Likhang Habi: Home and Office
- ADF Oval Placemats, Iraya Mangan Art, P1,800 (set of 6). Mothers from the Municipality of Pandan, Antique Province, are the weavers behind these tablemats made of bariw and abaca.
- Throw Pillows, Pidayit. Liven up your living spaces with these throw pillows whose patchwork combination results in a dizzying array of colors and prints. The Kapampangan word for mixing fabrics to form a new one, Pidayit employs stay-at-home women, out-of-school youth, and underqualified working students.
- Maranao Okir Baor, The Manila Collection Co, P25,000. Whether used as a storage bin or coffee table, this chest from Tugaya, Lanao del Sur, handcrafted from jackfruit tree wood and inlaid with Mother-of-Pearl, makes a handsome addition to any home.
- Classic white Inabel blanket, P950. Two handloom weavers from La Union created this homey blanket with intricate patterns.
Likhang Habi: Nature and Wellness
- Bamboo charcoal soap, The Bamboo Company, P140. Care for your skin and the environment with this all-natural vegan soap with anti-bacterial properties.
- Full zipped parka jacket, Melograno, P2,800. Slip into this cool post-workout top, embroidered with Itneg and mountain patterns.
- Bambike, Style Isle, P11,500. Join the wave of cyclists in the city in a bike whose body is made of bamboo.
- Chibi Dog Pots, Ennoble, P999. Plantitos and Plantitas can display their prized greens in these whimsical pots made of abaca, coconut coir, and wicker vine.
Likhang Habi: Pop Culture
- Hand-knit Pinoy Animals, Knitting Expedition, P550. Besides being cute, these toys are meaningful keepsakes. They’re hand-knit by mothers who take care of the Ifugao Rice Terraces.
- Manix Comics, Style Isle, P1,250 set of 5. Fans of Manix Abrera, author and artist behind the Kikomachine comic strip, can’t pass up on this collectible.
- WFH Toys, Style Isle, P500. Add a bit of quirk to your work-from-home setup with these figurines made of upcycled materials.
- Patricias Filipino-Inspired Patterns Stickers, WovenPH, P89. These stickers by Pat Luspo and Trish Lim are cute reminders of our country’s colorful costumes.
Likhang Habi: Gift Ideas for Dad
- Enrico Denim Trucker Jacket, WYC Wear Your Culture, P6,300. Inject a sense of nationalism in Dad’s wardrobe. This denim jacket infuses the weaves of the North (Inabel) and South (Yakan).
- Backpack, Narda, P3,295. This roomy backpack by one of the earliest champions of indigenous weaves is infused with hand-woven material from the North.
- Slim Necktie, Anthill Fabric Gallery, P899. When office work resumes, make sure Dad returns with a statement tie woven by the mother artisans of Abra.
- Bamboo Handled Mug, Siegrid Bangyay Pottery, P1,800. Coffee-drinking Dads can’t resist one more serving in a glazed stoneware mug with an etched weaving pattern.