Living traditions of weaving and embroidery

Woven wonders and accessories from South Cotabato, Davao del Sur, Ilocos Norte, Sarangani and Cordillera were recently featured at Hinabing Buhay: Living Traditions of Weaving and Embroidery at SM Megamall Fashion Hall. The exhibition also later took place at the Podium, where buyers had the rare opportunity to view and purchase exquisite fabrics.

This girl from the Blaan tribe in the province of Sarangani finishes a hand-woven bag during the exhibition

A joint project of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Likhaan Resource Center and SM Megamall, the exhibition curated by socialist realist painter Edgar “Egai” T. Fernandez, highlights traditional artists, their works, their materials and the process of creating crafts that emphasize the heritage, experiences and ingenious knowledge of traditional artists.

Commissioner Dr. Emmanuel Franco Calairo of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines graced the launch of the event with NHCP OCI Executive Director Carminda R. Arevalo, OCI Deputy Executive Director for the Rosario V Administration Sapitan, Historic Sites and Education Division Chief Gina C. Batuhan and Materials, Research and Conservation Division Chief Lie Zar Montilla. They were greeted by Brian So, manager of the SM Megamall Mall.

The launch, which also included weaving demonstrations, showcased the incredible talent of Filipinos with a performance by Kamerchor Manila, who won the first Grand Prize at the recently concluded Queen of the Adriatic Sea International Festival and Competition in Italy, and spoken word poetry by actor, RR Cagalingan.

Members of the Blaan tribe of Sarangani present their products at the Podium during the exhibition

Three dance groups then took center stage with a contemporary dance performance by Tanghalang Bagong Sibol, folk dances by Marikina Dance Guild and hip-hop moves by FCPC Baliktanaw. Additionally, Adelaida Ahaddas, a Yakan from Basilan Province, performed a weaving demonstration at the launch.

Hinabing Buhay: Living Traditions of Weaving and Embroidery is one of many exciting cultural projects at SM Megamall.