PHL fiber industry to feature in Rome, Italy

May 17, 2013 10:41 pm 

MANILA, May 17 — The European Network of Filipino Diaspora (ENFiD) launched a fashion exhibit aimed to promote the Filipino culture by bringing its national fabric to the international fashion market.

The exhibit project,to be held on October 17 to 20 of this year in Rome, Italy, will be featuring fashion pieces made of local fabrics such as abaca, piña, and banana.

The exhibit entitled Fibre Filipine Go to Rome is an off-shoot from a dialogue of a Filipino community in Europe to get Italian fabric business community, accessory boutique retailers, designers, members of the diplomatic corps, fashion students, and Filipino business community as customers of the local fabric of the country.

The event intends to introduce to the Italian society the abilities and talents of Filipinos in making use of the local fabrics from haute couture fashion, ready-to-wear, fashion accessories, bags, handkerchiefs, table linens, table napkins, doilies and other industrial uses. This is also to make Philippines known as producers of these fabrics being used by foreign clothing manufacturers.

As of now, ENFiD has ten exhibitors and six designers joining the project and is looking forward for more exhibitors.

Currently, fiber industry has contributed million to Philippines export value and is growing. Its biggest market are Europe, United States and some countries in Asia.

ENFiD Executive Director Marie Luarca-Reyes admitted that the local fabrics are mostly intended for international market because of its higher cost ranging from 500 to 1,200 pesos per yard compared to imported fabrics that can be bought 30 pesos per yard. This is why fiber-made fashion wears and accessories are considered high-end.

Also, the fiber’s price is the reason why the market of the local fabric industry has a larger market abroad than domestic.

Philippine’s largest fiber exports is the abaca pulp which is intended for specialized papers and even in making money. Reyes cited that Japan yen and Philippine bill have abaca pulp.

Reyes also addressed the situation of the local fabric manufacturing industry, which is very laborious since these are hand-woven, and she is hoping that through the project they will be able to partner with firms who have the tools so that the industry will be more productive.

Meanwhile, the venue of this ENFiD fashion project will be in Aranciera di San Sisto, Via Valle delle Camene, 11 which is rendered to them by the city of Rome for free.

ENFiD was formed after the Diaspora to Dialogue (D2D) conference in Rome last September participated by 250 Filipino diaspora representatives from 15 European regions and other seven countries. (PNA)



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