Ang muling pagtingin sa abaka ni Jot Losa

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Noviembre 3rd, 2011

 

Mula sa malayo, aakalain mong gawa lamang sa katad (leather) ang mga pulang bestida ni Jot Losa. Ngunit kapag kinilatis nang malapitan, mapapansing nagsasalit ang katad at ang isa pang uri ng tela: ang abaka. Ang abaka, na galing sa isang klase ng puno ng saging, ay magaspang kung ikukumpara sa katad, kaya kapag ipinagsama ang dalawa, nagbabago ang itsura ng kabuuang tela.

 

De-kamay ang pagtitina ng abaka na nagiging manggas sa mga damit ni Losa, habang ang katad ang bumubuo sa maliliit na rosas. Nagagawa nitong mas mahinhin ang katad kapag ipinagtabi at napapa-sexy rin nito ang bestida depende sa pagkakalagay (mga laso sa may baywang).

 

Sana dumami pa ang mga designer sa Pilipinas na magbibigay ng bagong buhay sa local na tela.

 

El Bosquejo

 
 

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 Philippines Fabrics

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Marzo 24th, 2010

The most distinctive stamps of Dries Van Noten clothes are his modernized prints, so much so that they are instantly recognizable as coming from the designer. (Bagobo tribe)

For his recent collections, Van Noten is reported to have sourced or gotten inspiration for his fabrics from 6 continents. No wonder his clothes are so unique, possessing that same unplaceable quality that world music has.

(B’laan tribe)

What Dries Van Noten has done is a celebration of different cultures. In a way, he has raised their value by pushing indigenous textiles into use by current times, by showing that the fabrics, like any product, can have a global audience.


(Itneg cloth, Northern Philippines)

Of course, there is always worry that locals could be exploited in the mass production or co option of what for so long has been restricted to self sustainable communities. But if this is remedied, and with due respect and reverence, one can look at this use of indigenous fabrics as a way to extend the life of a culture and its communities.

(Bagobo tribe)

This brings me to my main topic of Philippines Fabrics. Personally, I would like to wear some of the intricate and beautiful patterns by the many tribes of the country as tailored shorts, shirts, pants, even as a kilt (replacing the tartan) or skirt shorts hybrid.


(Maranao textile)

(Dagmay cloth)

Just imagine the possibilities of indigenous fabrics mixed (in outfits or in thread) with the textiles from other countries. It just takes a new perspective.


(Tboli tribe)

Many of these fantastic patterns are considered dying arts in the Philippines. The newer generations are less keen to carry on traditions. I feel that in this regard, modernization can help indigenous communities, from any country, to help themselves in their self determination. In the process, the national culture can also benefit by becoming richer and truer to itself.

(Yakan)

El Bosquejo

 
 

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