Many times, when we see a fabric, we see them for their pattern, design or color combination; but what we don’t realize is that for some communities around the world, they actually have meaning and contain stories that has been passed on from generation to generation. These patterns and symbols, I believe – represent the dreams they want to share to the world or to the people who see them. As with art – symbols and patterns have deeper meanings and when artists create; many times their dreams are pegged in their head whilst in the process of creation… hoping that perhaps this piece will sell, or that this piece of fabric / art will be able to feed their family for the next few months. Or that even thru this piece that they are making; their stories and voices can be heard and told.

The moon plays important roles in weaving ritual practices rooted in the Philippines.

The patterns actually give us insight into the kind of lifestyle and environment they have. The kind of landscape and species surrounding their community. Looking closely you’ll see a lot of their inspiration and design is derived in nature. Understanding that these fabrics are more than just fabrics; and that not only are they there and made to be worn; but that by choosing to use these special textiles actually makes a dream come true. You then become a part of that story that can share their stories and dreams. Imagine, these fabrics take months to make and finish; and by choosing to purchase or incorporate these pieces into your wardrobe or collections can make a whole lot of difference.

Handwoven by the Tausug tribe of Sulu.


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