Multi-hyphenated artist Rambie Lim talks about the importance of cultivating our traditions, culture, and heritage.
This is an excerpt from Lifestyle Asia’s August 2023 Issue.
In this age of fashion where everything is sustainable, slow and conscious, one relevant name comes to mind–Rambie Lim. Long before everyone was awakened to these current realities the world of style and design is spotlighting on, this brilliant multi-hyphenated artist is one of the many whose voice needs to be heard.
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One of the founding members of HABI (The Philippine Textile Council), a purist and unsung hero who refuses to be corrupted by the grueling times and system that taint our traditions, culture, and heritage.
A guardian, volunteer custodian, and stalwart of local crafts, she has been doing this kind of work at an early age out of passion and compassion. Surrounded by family who are into textiles (her mom is fond of it and auntie Adelaida Lim is founding member and president emeritus of HABI), they have been developing, preserving, and promoting artisanal fabrication for years.
Lim says, “The love and devotion for textiles was organic, it came off of appreciation of the crafts around them… us.” Working with family as part of the team of Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation, was where her roots are grounded.
She adds, “It was a great period of growth and learning. It is the foundation of the merchandiser I am today. Working with the makers and finding the right market for their products.”
But from textiles she dipped her toes into the challenges of the corporate world by working as a sustainable livelihood consultant for Ayala Foundation. Here she expanded her reach into a wider variety of products and disciplines.
After spending a couple of years working in a corporate set up, the call of the wild brought Lim back into the heart of nature. She began a new chapter of her life with TAO Pilipinas where she experienced a new level of expansion and growth.
According to the artist, “TAO was a chance to immerse at the grassroots, developing products and services. From livelihood I learned about bamboo building, early learning (preschool education), and food security.”
Opening up more to the process, her learnings tapped into understanding the supply chain and maximizing the potential of its reach. More so a deeper understanding of everything roots level.
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Text LUIS ESPIRITU
Photos KEIRAN PUNAY OF KLIQ, INC.
Sittings Editor MAWI FOJAS DE OCAMPO
Shoot Coordination MAE TALAID