The tradition of weaving and embroidery lives on

At the launch of the Hinabing Buhay exhibit at SM Mega Fashion Hall are (right to right) NCCA Project Manager Mark Omaña, NHCP Commissioner Emmanuel Franco Calario, NHCP Executive Director Carminda Arevalo and Center Director commercial SM Megamall Brian So.

Woven wonders and accessories from South Cotabato, Davao del Sur, Ilocos Norte, Sarangani and Cordillera were recently showcased 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 these exquisite fabrics.

Albung slah, a handwoven top

Albung slah, a handwoven top

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

This T'boli women's dress from South Cotabato is worn on special occasions.

This T’boli women’s dress from South Cotabato is worn on special occasions.

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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 poetry by actor, RR Cagalingan.

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