Buy Philippine-made Products at HABI: Online Market Fair on Oct. 21 to 27

Have you started your Christmas shopping already? You can now buy local and Philippine-made products as gifts online, at HABI: Online Market Fair from October 21 to 27!

Gain access to beautiful textiles, clothes, bags, and accessories that are stylish, timeless and supports your local weavers from all over the country.

The Likhang HABI Market Fair, a pioneer in artisan fairs, advocates for Philippine textile and artifacts. To keep up of the times, the 2020 market fair well be held online and will feature beautiful handwoven products from Filipino artisans from different corners of the country. 

This year, in keeping with the times, the Likhang HABI Market Fair is going online for the first time at www.shophabifair.com from October 21 to 27. It will showcase sustainable and ethical fashion and lifestyle products from over 30 brands representing diverse weaving communities from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 

“Since we are not allowed to gather in large groups because of the pandemic, the online edition of the Likhang HABI Market Fair is our way of helping to sustain the local weaving economy,” says Adelaida Lim, president of HABI.

Since 2009, HABI has continually provided traditional weaving communities with a platform to showcase their products to the buying consumers and traders. Likhang HABI allows them an avenue to innovate and learn more about modern and design trends.

“Our main goals at HABI is to make sure that our traditional textiles will still be a part of our modern lifestyle as we transition to the new normal,” says Maribel Ongpin, chairperson of HABI. 

I am so excited for the fair, so I’m giving you a sneak peak of the Philippine-made products you can buy at the HABI online market fair:

3rd Lourdes Montinola Piña Prize

A prime highlight of the HABI fair is the Lourdes Montinola Piña Weaving Competition. Now in its third year, the Lourdes Montinola Piña Prize recognizes exceptional craftsmanship and mastery of the delicate process of turning piña textiles. The competition is open to all Filipino artisans who weave, dye, embroider or embellish pineapple textile.

About HABI: The Philippine Textile Council

HABI the Philippine Textile Council aims to preserve, promote and enhance Philippine Textiles through education, communication, and research. HABI: The Philippine Textile Council provides platforms for local weavers to showcase their work to more people. They advocate for weaving communities all over the Philippines.

Learn with HABI

Aside from the online trade fair, there will also be a series of webinars and a 4-day online summit in line with HABI’s mission to promote Filipino craftsmanship and cultural heritage. This year, HABI is supporting Nayong Pilipino for Mga Hibla ng Pamana: A Summit on Weaving as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The four-day online summit aims to discuss how different sectors in the country are coming together to protect and conserve traditional weaving practices and traditions.

HABI is collaborating with House of Gongs, CulturAid, Kularts, and Museo ng Muntinlupa. They will present a series of webinars on Filipino Identity, Contemporary Cultural Practice, and Diaspora. 

This webinar series aims to bridge interdisciplinary voices and encourage dialogue to better understand how our varied experiences as Filipinos have shaped the way we think, move, and learn.

For the complete schedule of talks and webinars, please follow www.facebook.com/HABIThePhilippineTextileCouncil and @habifair on Instagram.

Filipino textile experts Dr. Norma Respicio & Gayle Zialcita authors the book, “Weaving Ways: Filipino Styles and Techniques” which will also be available at the online fair. The book discusses the Philippines’ various weaving communities, culture, history and traditions, as well as their weaving styles and techniques. 


For more information on Likhang HABI Online Market Fair, the series of webinars, and other HABI advocacies, please visit www.habitextilecouncil.ph or follow www.facebook.com/HabiThePhilTextileCouncil and Instagram @habifair.

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