Irene Bimuyag, a weaver from Kalinga in the Cordillera region, will be one of the sixty vendors who will be participating in the 6th Likhang HABI Market Fair, which will be held from October 14 to 16, 2016, at the Glorietta Activity Center in Glorietta 2, Makati City. The annual fair showcases traditional Philippine weaves from different regions in the country, with a focus on cotton this year.
“ . . . this is [HABI’s] advocacy. We want to get people to start planting cotton again, to provide weavers with the natural material. . . .,” explains Adelaida Lim, HABI president.
Irene, after a recent visit to Taiwan made possible through a grant, observed that the weavers there use the same tools, but make and dye their own thread. On the other hand, Irene says, “We [in Kalinga] have been depending on polyester for our material, which we get from China.”
But change has come. HABI: The Philippine Textile Council has been supplying her with cotton fiber that she weaves into cotton fabric. She is happy with this development. “It’s natural fiber and it’s made in the Philippines,” Irene says.