Ilocos Norte brings rich design tradition, rural lifestyle alive in Manila FAME

October 15, 2014 11:31 am 

By Leilanie G. Adriano

LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte, Oct 15 (PNA) — An extensive range of masterworks by Ilocano artist will showcase the province’s rich design tradition and rural lifestyle in the prestigious Manila F.A.M.E. (Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturer’s Exchange), one of the longest-running trade shows in the Asia-Pacific.

Committed to promote Ilocano heritage design to the global export market, Ilocos Norte will feature its rich cultural narrative as well as its people’s ingenuity through a variety of handloom-woven clothes, ceramics and wood furniture.

The Ilocanos’ distinctive and creative design dates back to the Spanish era when the products of their weaving industry became a growing demand and major export of the galleon trade. As a reward, the Spaniards built the Paoay Church that until today serves as a testimony of the golden days of the town.

Local weavers led by Charito Cariaga will bring back this history as they showcase various designs of abel Iloco in fashion, accessories, home furniture and household garments.

Known for its superior quality in terms of durability and intricate designs, abel Iloco employs a variety of hand-loom weaving techniques ranging from kinurkuros (plaid),pinilian (brocade), sinan-bulong (palm leaf) and many other authentic designs.

Local experts in the field of wood furniture design will also highlight Ilocanos’ frugality and appreciation for nature through their upcycled products.

Among them is Redemptor ‘Dem’ Bitantes, a multi-awarded designer with 23 years of experience whose contributions to the furniture design industry helped promote the image of the Philippines as the premier hub of Asia.

Marietta Bonador, on the other hand, gains pride in her work through the innovation by upcycling natural hard wood waste—from demolished century-old houses in the region, scattered logs from forests and salvaged wood from defective crafts like boats—into functional modern designs.

Supportive of upholding Ilocano products and craftsmanship, Governor Imee Marcos and members of the provincial board will be going to Manila Wednesday, Oct. 15 in support of the province's effort to promote global competitiveness of local crafts not only to bring livelihood to the local communities but also to uphold the great Ilocano history established several centuries ago.

Now on its 60th edition, Manila FAME will take place at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay on October 16-19.

The bi-annual event is the country's premier trade platform for exports and design, providing opportunities for small and medium scale entrepreneurs to showcase their products in the world market. (PNA)

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