In a world of uniformity, items that are handcrafted illuminate the beauty of diversity, where subtle differences in each creation exist harmoniously with each other. The handicraft of a society illuminates their ethnicity and its rich traditions. Indigenous artisanal work, in particular, embody values and a collective sense of identity and citizenship that are different yet the same for each tribe.
Explore a sampling of the vibrant culture of the Southern peninsula thru #MindaNOW, a pop-up event featuring brands that showcase fine artisanal products and hand-woven textiles from Mindanao. Learn the stories behind the products and the brands that support them, where one might begin to appreciate how the tribes of the South work to create items that reflect their reality and how your purchase can benefit displaced families in Marawi thru Culture Aid.
Herman & Co., a heritage brand curated by celebrated fashion stylist Bea Schück/Lim Constantino, reimagines indigenous fabric into stylized, high street fashion that make for interesting conversation pieces.
A long-time champion of sustainable and ethical fashion, Yakang Yaka Barter seeks to preserve the art of indigenous weaves through its eclectic collection of products.
While change is inevitable, intersecting indigenous fabrics with modern essentials is an ingenious way to pay homage to grassroot industries, as seen in Akaba's unique assortment of bags.
Manila Collectible celebrates Filipino culture through its curation of handspun textiles and accessories produced by indigenous groups across the Philippines.
#MindaNOW will be held on 10-11 June 2017, 3-10pm, Providore Backyard, Upper Ground Floor, SM Aura
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hotographs by: Instagram.com/hermanandco, Instagram.com/yakangyakabarter, Instagram.com/akabaco, Instagram.com/manilacollectible
Banner photo by Janna Jimenez