Celebrating the 11th Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair

By: Bombette G. Marin

TO preserve the handloom weaving industry, the Office of Culture, Arts, History, and Tourism of the Iloilo Provincial Government in collaboration with the Department of Tourism regional office will again host the Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair 2018 at the north wing of SM City Iloilo on August 24 to 26.

The Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair is an event that provides a platform to local designers, weaving communities, and entrepreneurs. It showcases their collections, hand-loom textiles, and handloom products emerging in fashion and apparel markets.

Now on its 11th year, the show will feature the hand-loomed fabrics of Iloilo from the towns of Miagao, Oton, Badiangan, Duenas, and Igbaras. Our handloom fabrics were rooted in Ilonggo culture; hence its preservation is important.

Divided into two different segments, the indigenous fiber fashion show has a cohesive theme that annually captivates its audience and local designers who want to present their designs. Every design featured in the show has its own individual look with attention to detail, making their collections memorable.

On August 24 (Friday), 5:30 p.m., the show will feature MARC ARNEL GACHO from Botong, Oton, Iloilo for PRECIOSA. Anyag, the second show at 6:30 p.m., presents FRIETZ VON PAMPLONA of Leon, Iloilo

On August 25 (Saturday), 5:00 p.m., HABOL MIAGAOWANON will feature the candidates of Little Miss Hablon and the ladies of Lin-ay sang Hablon of the municipality of Miagao. KEVIN HIBALES from Calinog, Iloilo with HABLON MODA will be closing the show at 6:30 p.m.

On the last day, August 26 (Sunday) the show will feature the top student designers from the BS Fashion Design and Merchandising of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) for HABOL ANINIPA.

These students are Fritz Caancan, Johnrey Cayanan, Rheuvien Palmes, Migz Saracho, Matt Yeu, Annie Canonaso, Lorlor Aguilar, Paul Encio, and Jay Elabra.

Capping the annual celebration this year is DARYL AMAR of Leon, Iloilo for PRIMA at 6:30 p.m.

In the past 11 years, each of the featured Ilonggo designers of fiber fashion creates custom handloom garments. Each dress is originally made out of high-quality handloom fabric sourced from the weaving communities in Iloilo. The professional designers work on each piece to give out the ultimate collection discovery experience.

The annual Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair is also made possible by the help of the municipalities of Miagao, Oton, Badiangan, Igbaras, and Dueñas in partnership with the Fashion and Design Merchandising Department of ISAT-University, the Local Economic Development and Investment Promotions Office, John Montinola, Iloilo Models Guild (IMG), RCLS, and The Daily Guardian.

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