Anthill Fabric Gallery once again lives up to its mission as a social enterprise dedicated to bringing the spotlight on Indigenous livelihood seekers. On Aug. 6, the community-centered brand launched its summer 2020 collection called “Paraluman.” It’s the first collection to be modeled by and named after three of the weavers themselves.
“Paraluman” is a showcase and a celebration of weaves from three communities. It features Argao stripes and zero waste weaves, Yakan Tennun Sinaluan and Bungasama weaves as well as abaca silk from Antique. The collection is an ode to the brand’s muse and inspiration: the mother weavers.
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//PARALUMAN//: a muse that weaves and awakens artistic inspiration. Throughout a decade of weaving dreams, it has always been the strength and beauty of the feminine energy that has breathe life to our purpose. This collection is an ode to our muses, our inspiration, the mother weavers- our PARALUMAN. . . Argao weavers Sheila, Leila and Robella were all natural in front of the camera as they are behind the loom. They are stunningly beautiful and beaming with pride as they modelled their very own creations. More than just a perfect photograph, these are captured moments that signify ownership of culture, pride for identity and value for our talents. True beauty really radiates from within. . . The pieces showcase weaves from 3 communities- Argao stripes and zero waste weaves , Yakan Tennun Sinaluan and Bungasama weaves and Abaca Silk from Antique. Paraluman celebrates the beauty woven from our hearts, our roots, our community. The full collection is available on the link in our bio. . . Designer: @ouanojess Photographer: @phoebeespejo Layout: @zamorahannah . . #anthillfabricgallery #wearyourtribewithpride #handloomed #handwoven #abacaweaves #argaoweaves #yakanweaves #ethicaltextiles #sustainablefashion #slowfashion #madeinthePhilippines #abaca #yakan #zerowaste #circularity #Philippines
Anthill co-founder, managing and creative director Anya Lim shares with us, “Argao weavers Sheila, Leila and Robella were all-natural in front of the camera as they are behind the loom. They were stunningly beautiful and beaming with pride as they modeled their very own creations. More than just a perfect photograph, these are captured moments that signify ownership of culture, pride for identity and value for our talents. We are so proud of them.”
Included in the collection is The Takliad Top, a linen-blend wrap around with flow bell sleeves. It has a flattering v-neckline in a Yakan Sinaluan accent that elevates its feminine silhouette.
Another eye-catching piece is the Maria Cacao Blouse which is a contemporary take on the barong. The use of Yakan adds a contrasting element to the structured piece while complimenting with the puffed sleeves. The design retains a strong feminine flair despite the ornamental restraint.
Our personal favorite is the Abaca Lantoy Blouse. Fashioned from abaca silk from Antique, the modern traje de mestiza is bold but unmistakably feminine.
You can now shop the collection on their website.
Photo courtesy of Anthill Fabric Gallery
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