These brands uplift local artisans by creating an avenue and a platform to showcase their artistry through partnerships.
Haute Couture season is back in Paris, and different fashion houses are showcasing their different styles and unique design codes. For instance, Dior’s couture collection consisted of predominantly exquisitely crafted white clothes inspired by Indian mythology. One of the most exciting parts of the show is the backdrop of the collection. It reportedly took 480,000 hours to hand embroider the panel of fabrics—it also took 360 Indian artisans to create it.
Supporting local artisans is an integral part of the fashion industry. Aside from giving local artisans bigger platforms to showcase their talents, supporting them also gives them visibility—which eventually boosts their revenue. Local artisans in the Philippines are in dire need of support; thus, supporting brands that work with them ethically is a big help to their communities.
These local brands create amazing garments while at the same time partnering with Filipino artisans. Partnerships with local artisans are vital for their survival and their crafts’ survival as well.
An upcoming local brand from Cavite, Yndan works with artisans in Indang, Cavite to create updated and elevated casual wear. “Through our collaboration with the local artisans of Indang, we can uphold decades of tradition embedded in their craft as well as provide them with a sustainable livelihood. But our mission does not stop here,” the brand said.
Filip + Inna
Filip + Inna is of one the brands that closely works with multiple local artisans across the Philippines. The brand collaborates with 19 different local groups and tribes to create a variety of designs. “Filip + Inna brings into each garment ancient techniques of weaving, embroidery, and beadwork from different indigenous groups of the Philippines,” the brand states. Their design code is a perfect mix of modern and classic.
PIOPIO, a local brand that creates Gen-Z perfect clothes, uses indigenous weaves to elevate its aesthetic. “For our clothing and accessories that means showcasing artisanal methods and turning them into contemporary everyday wear,” they state as their mission. Their collaboration with weavers from Palawan gave birth to the creation of cute beach-ready clothes.
Banner photo by Inez Moro via Instagram @piopio_ph.