A collection of garments and accessories made with discarded materials brought back to life through combining them with modern weaves that represent our personal exploration of the Philippine identity and our deep appreciation of our culture. It is also meant to symbolise the celebration of our freedom as Filipinos and our journey to define who we are through what we wear.
We create pieces that transcend trends and are meant to be loved for as long as possible. In this collection, we have put together classic yet statement garments and accessories made with GOTS certified organic cotton, deadstock fabrics and our original handwoven textiles.
Our collection takes inspiration from old paintings and photos of Filipina women dressed in variations of the traditional ‘baro’, ‘saya’ and ‘tapis’ adorned with a mix of contrasting and eye-catching plaid and stripe textiles. The attire was born out of the Philippines’ colonial past with strong Spanish influences. Although, it also includes a uniquely Filipino touch with styles that were more suitable for the Philippines’ warm weather, and a ‘tapis’ worn over the ‘saya’ representing indigenous Philippine clothing. We created our own version of a modern ‘baro’ made with GOTS certified organic cotton. A simple versatile piece that can easily be worn and styled with a variety of other garments. To complement the piece we developed a wrap skirt, which is our own version of a ‘tapis’ and ‘saya’ with a mix of different deadstock and handwoven fabrics representing the contrasting textiles seen in the traditional Filipiniana attire.
Our handwoven textiles for the collection took inspiration from plaid versions of the traditional Binakol handwoven textiles which are indigenous to Ilokanos and the Itneg communities of the Ilocos and Cordillera Region. Indigenous communities in the Philippines traditionally used local natural fibres and dyes to create beautiful and regenerative textiles. We have recreated these textiles in a contemporary way using the same Philippine natural fibres and dyes that our ancestors have used in the past. This collection is our way of honouring our rich culture and sharing our own view of what it means to be a modern Filipina.