MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Christmas is just right around the corner. While large gatherings and get-togethers may still not be an option for most of us, there are other ways to make the holiday season more meaningful and exciting.
From November 23 to December 6, www.shophabifair.com will open its doors once again to showcase sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle products from various weaving communities all over the country. With the Likhang HABI Online Holiday Fair, the season of giving turns into a season of community.
“We were delighted with the support for the first online edition of Likhang HABI Market Fair and for our local weavers and artisans,” says HABI president Adelaida Lim. “It inspired us even more to push for our goals at HABI to promote and sustain our local textile industry.”
Kat Palasi of Abek Home & Culture described her experience at the first online HABI Fair as a good kind of adventure. She said, “Going digital is quite difficult at first but you never know who finds you and who you will find. It’s a fun adventure!”
The www.shophabifair.com website allows more people not just in the country but also in other parts of the world to support the Philippine weaving community and to contribute to the livelihood of local weavers and craftsmen.
“The HABI website is a great opportunity for all weavers and designers. Just as a weaver combines threads, HABI is connecting us producers to a market that helps make our businesses viable,” says Siegrid Bangyay of Sagada Pottery, one of the participating vendors for HABI Holidays.
HABI Holidays gift ideas
For the holiday season, www.shophabifair.com will offer a wide variety of skillfully made local products – from fashion and lifestyle pieces to pottery and homeware – that will surely make this season of community more thoughtful and meaningful. Here below are some great holiday gifts that you will find on the HABI website.
HABI Book Bundle. Give the gift of learning with the HABI Book Bundle, a set of three books dedicated to promote and preserve the Filipino textile industry.
MCV Designs – Alcohol Dispenser. This refillable alcohol dispenser is made with handwoven Inaul textile. Hang it around your neck, lanyard style. Never be without your alcohol! Wrapped and ready to go for Christmas in this festive Jute bag with small abaniko and solihiya card details.
Yakan Table Runners by Angie’s Yakan. Yakan textiles are made of 80% cotton and 20% polyester. The fabrics are handwoven by Yakan weavers from Basilan and Zamboanga City. The dimension is 17 inches width by 78 inches long.
Pitcher cover by MILVIDAS. The MILVIDAS pitcher cover, pitcher hugger, and glass huggers are hand-crocheted by the ladies of Aya’s GK Multinational Village. They are proudly made with locally sourced cotton thread.
Christmas bundle from Maria Angelica Finds. A Daily Life package earrings with pendant (comes with complimentary non-tarnish regular chain, 23’ long)
Holiday ornaments from Yakang Yaka Barter. Handwoven and hand embroidered holiday ornaments and stockings- using upcycled textiles supporting weaving communities from north to south YakangYaka believes in no wastage – every piece of textile from their projects is upcycled.