Since finding new residence in the markets of the Philippines, foreign fashion labels have changed the game. These days, their presence stands as the yardstick by which shopping centers—and, it follows, their shoppers—are judged as upscale, modern, cosmopolitan.

The HABI Market Fair, however, reminds us that we needn’t always look so far from home.

Now on its sixth year, the annual HABI Market Fair is a show of traditional Philippine weaves and, perhaps more importantly, their growing ability to thrive in the market. With the goal of preservation, development, and marketing of unique indigenous fabrics, their offers inclu
de inabel from Northern Luzon, silk from Negros, the Cordillera fabrics of Sagada, Banawe, and Kalinga, piña from Aklan and Palawan, and the colorful weaves of Mindanao.

As evidence of the product’s versatility, the fair focuses not only on garments, but a broad spectrum that ranges from décor and homeware to shoes and bags.

The fair is also an important opportunity for the weavers themselves, as it exposes them to the trends and tastes that could inform the future iterations of their products—with the long term goal of catapulting Philippine textiles into the global arena.


The 2016 Habi Market Fair will be held from October 14 to 16 at the Glorietta Activity Center, Glorietta 2, Makati City. Learn more about the fair from their official Facebook event page.

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