Thursday, July 7, 2016

9th Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair

curtain call for the man of the hour, designer Sidney Eculla, photo by Al Destacamento

The Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair (IFFF) a trade fair, demonstration and fashion show will once again bring its wonderful designs to the catwalk at the event center of SM City Iloilo on August 3-7, 2016.

hablon gown by JM Escullar
The annual event established in 2008 had brought together some of the best clothing designers in Iloilo, Aklan and Bacolod to create unique and one-of-a-kind clothing made from local hand-woven fabrics. This year’s show will do the same, with more designs, colours, and catwalk struts than ever before.

The daily fashion show will showcase contemporary collections from talented local fashion designers and will feature diversity in terms of designs and inspiration. It is also their way of sharing their creativity, innovation, and expertise in using our local hand-loomed textiles.

August 3 (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. will feature LGU-DUENAS with HABOL DUENASANON and at 6 p.m. DARYL AMAR for HABLON MODA; August 4 (Thursday) at 5 p.m. will showcase LGU-OTON on Spotlight and 6 p.m. will feature MARGRET ESTELLE BLAS for ANYAG; August 5 (Friday) at 5 p.m. will make way for the graduating students of the Fashion Design and Merchandising Department of ISAT University featuring JEFFY TICAO, JO NINO DAMASCO, ELON DELGADO, JOHN EDWARD SALES, JOHN ASDOLO, MELVIN ARANGA and JOHN LARLAR and 6 p.m. will feature LEXTER BADANA for PRECIOSA

hablon top by Francis Ian Chua
August 6 (Saturday) at 5 p.m. will spotlight LGU-MIAGAO on Centerstage and 6 p.m. will have International Lifestyle Designer PJ ARANADOR for PATADYONG ACCESORIOS; August 7 (Sunday) at 5 p.m. will present the Iloilo Tourism Officers Association, Inc. on the Ramp and 6 p.m. will be highlighted by the Iloilo Fashion Designers Council  featuring JOHN MONTINOLA, IAN JORDA, HELLO HELLO, JUN-G CANDELARIO, PAUL CONTE, LEXTER BADANA, BINKY PITOGO and AUDREY ROSE ALBASON.

The runway presentations will showcase the different handloom textiles such as Hablon, Patadyong and Polyabaca from weaving towns of Miagao, Oton, Badiangan and Duenas.

hablon top by Ram Silva
Ilonggos have woven fabric using pineapple, banana and maguey for centuries. Using simple spindles and looms they create a unique and colourful fabrics and clothing. Weaving was a family tradition and activity, the women, mothers and daughters do the knotting and designing, while the men, husbands and sons harvest and strip the fibers, and knot when they have free time.

The annual Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair celebrates the humanity of the handmade and empowers local communities by giving them the opportunity to showcase their art and earn from their art.
The annual Indigenous Fiber Fashion Fair is organized the Provincial Tourism Office of the Iloilo Provincial Government and SM City Iloilo in partnership with LGU-Miagao, LGU-Oton, LGU-Duenas, LGU-Badiangan, Tinukib, DTI and the Daily Guardian.

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