Art & Culture: The Evolution of Filipino Costumes by Ayala Museum, A Traveling Exhibition From June 12-October 21


    As part of the Ayala Museum On-The-Go program, a showcase of 28 handcrafted dolls that represent the development of Philippine clothing will be exhibited in different Ayala Malls throughout the metro. The traveling exhibition kicks off at the Market! Market! Mall in Taguig starting this Independence Day, June 12.

    The Evolution of Philippine Costume: The Ayala Museum Doll Collection is an exhibition of 69 dolls that represent significant attires worn by selected cultural groups in the country, covering the major islands Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, the Ayala Museum Doll Collection is one of the original permanent exhibitions housed in the old Ayala Museum when it opened in 1974.  Each doll was laboriously created in the scale of 1:4 to be able to highlight and dramatize the distinctive features of each of these subcultures, as represented by their set of costumes.  Using the very similar clothing materials and body adornments that were worn by the people that they represent, each doll is made of wood that was carved by Mar Edjawan, one of the famed wood carvers of Paete, Laguna.

    The exhibition was initially presented at the 2015 6th Tam-Awan International Arts Festival at the Tam-Awan Village, Baguio City. However, only 12 of these dolls were exhibited, particularly those from the Cordilleras and the northern regions of the Philippines. For this version of the exhibition, the number of dolls is more than double its first iteration, covering a wider historical and geographical scope.

    About Ayala Museum On-The-Go

    Ayala Museum On-The Go aims to brings art and culture online and offsite. The program aims to bring the museum’s iconic exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other well-loved programs to malls and schools near you. On-The-Go also offers a digital platform that puts learning and discovery conveniently at your fingertips. With the Ayala Museum’s mobile app, the museum’s permanent collections such as the Gold of Ancestors and Dioramas of Philippine History will still be accessible through audio guides and photos. Additionally, with the Ayala Museum YouTube channel, audiences will experience the museum’s collection through exclusive videos and curated content.

    Currently “on-the-go”, Ayala Museum has temporarily closed its home located at the heart of Bonifacio Global City to begin their renovation this month of June. If you are a fan of the different forms of art such as these dolls, feel free to take your friends and family to these locations on these dates:

    June 12-29: Market! Market!
    July 1-15: Trinoma
    July 16-30: UP Town Center
    August 8-22: Greenbelt
    September 1-15: The 30th
    October 7-21: Ayala Malls Bay


    For more information, please visit the Ayala Museum page.