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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:30 am 
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I'll be travelling to the Philippines this summer and am wondering if anyone out there has recently been to Manila and if so, if they had any luck locating minority textiles within the Metro area. I'm not able to get to Mindanao and perhaps not even the north but would like to pick up some indigenous textiles if I can...
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 9:57 am 
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Brendab

I do not have any information from personal experience but I have contacted a Filippino friend (and member of this forum) who lives outside the Philippines but who still travels back.

I have also consulted the invaluable little book published by the Textile Society of Hong Kong "The Guide to Asian Textile Collections", 2nd Edition which was published in 2000 (and can be obtained from them - see web site http://www.textilesocietyofhk.org/main4_guide.html ) The information is, of course, 6 or 7 years out of date but could be a starting point. I have typed out the section on Manila and hope that it can give you some pointers.

Aklan, Manila


Dela Cruz House of Pina

Pina cloth products. Nito and grass bags, baskets, trays etc. Showroom and studio where weavers can be seen weaving pina fabric.

No. 12 New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines tel: 662 3267

Katutubong Filipino Foundation

Indigenous weaves

169 Wilson St., Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Mabini Street

Walk along Mabini Street from the Manila Hotel end – lots of small antique shops, galleries and eating places.

Mabini Street, Manila, Philippines


Bacolod City, Manila

Silahis

A three story old store of new, but mostly old things Filippino.

With Walls of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Weaving Village

Village outside Bacolod City about 45 minutes by car. The women weave pina cloth for use as dresses, place mats and sarongs.

Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Phiippines.


Please do post on the forum or email me feedback after your trip so that we can build our information resource. Have a great trip.

Very best wishes,

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 2:35 pm 
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I had a response back from my friend which I post below:

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Regarding Philippine tribal textiles, I am not aware of many commercial
outlets who are actually dealing in these.

There are several of the "Antique" shops along Mabini in Ermita, to the
north of Padre Faura, which sometimes have some items for sale, but it
would be a matter of the person taking the time to walk from one to
another to see what, if anything is available. There are also a couple
of "Antique" shops in Intramuros which would be worth a try.

Another place is the shop at the National Museum, where I have seen
T'nalac for sale. The Museum's exhibition of textiles is quite small,
but excellent quality and is a must for any visitor to Manila with an
interest in the subject. Another Museum that may be of interest is the
Metropolitan Museum that has pre-historic gold and potteries. It's along
Roxas Boulevard next to the Bangko Central Manila.

I also remember that there was a shop in Baguio which had some textiles
amongst tribal artefacts, but I cannot remember the name as it is
several years since I was there.

If anyone has any information either now or in the future please add onto this thread so that we can build a resource.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2007 8:44 pm 
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hi

you could ask at mabini street for "maria closa" and also give her a big hug from me.
she´s dealing with all kinds of philippine items - decorative interieur stuff to medium quality tribal arts up to (if you do know about the things yourself and she feels you are worth showing you) high class/top quality philippine tribal arts (also in textiles).

as im not in office right now i cant get hold of her exact adress now (or email) but i will put it in this thread the next time.
if i dont come up with it the next week simply mail me directly and I will give you her contact details.

regards
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There is a new article by Greg Bloom at http://www.cebusmile.com/2007/06/01/a-stitch-in-time/ on Cebusmile, the Inflight Magazine of Cebu Pacific Air on textiles in the Philippines and, at the end, is information on how and where to buy in Manila and North Luzon.

I will link the article to the Philippines country page of the main www.tribaltextiles.info website.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:51 am 
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Hello,

Just arrived back from my trip to the Philippines and was able to find some interesting pieces, books, and information. I did not have high hopes for great finds in Manila, and sad to say, some of the resources that were available within the last decade have disappeared. T'boli Arts & Crafts shop (great resource for quality present-day t'nalak and embroidered blouses) seems to have vanished, and the Cultural Centre of the Philippines shop (for art & culture media and books) has just closed its' doors... however, I did locate a few good spots. The antique shops in Ermita had a few nice articles, many over-priced for pieces of various quality and quickly deteriorating in the tiny, dusty, humid shops. Gallery Deus located at 1219 A Mabini street (http://www.gallerydeus.multiply.com) has a good selection of antiques, both Colonial and from all tribal groups of the Philippines- with knowlegable staff and authentic, documented pieces. I was able to acquire a beautiful Maranao Malong Landap,and a pair of vintage beaded Gaddang bags. Shopkeeper Floy was very well-informed and allowed me to examine some of his personal collection of complete Gaddang costumes for men and women. He also has some wonderful old examples of Mandayan Dagmay abaca- beyond compare to the mass-produced or modern products seen most often.
We travelled to the town of Lumban, in Laguna province, app. 2 hours south of Manila. Quite a number of shops selling all grades and varieties of hand woven Pina cloth, both hand and machine embroidered. After a while I deciphered the terms in use: "Original Pina" is pure pineapple fibre, both warp & weft; "Pina-Jusi" refers to a mixture of silk and pineapple fibre; "Jusi" seemed to be woven of silk (or in some cases I suspect pseudo silk), and "Cocoon" appeared to be a slub yarn silk with a mystery fibre thrown in. Original Pina is quite stiff with a beautiful sheen, while pina-jusi is similar and quite a bit softer. Understandably there is a huge price jump to hand-embroidery but there are also vast differences in the degree of quality in all the pieces; seeing all the shops before buying is a must. An added bonus was observing artisans deftly hand-embroidering pieces in the shops or sitting by the roadside- beautiful work!
In the southernmost Bicol area of Luzon, there is a cotton weaving industry in the town of Buhi, Camarines Sur, located close to Mount Mayon. Today, products are mainly yardage for tablecloths and bags. R. Ocampo Native Products, on Highway 1 across from the market in the town of Nabua, carries tablecloths and sets in the favoured plaid and striped patterns of the area, but I was pleased to find a selection of woven cotton, checked Patadyong, traditional tube skirts worn by the women of generations past- something my relatives were also surprised to find. The town of Iriga also has bags of this fabric with the trade label Butingting, Lourdes, Buhi.
As for more Tribal textiles in Manila, there were many mother-of-pearl beaded and embroidered Mabobo & Bilaan blouses, rolls of T'nalak, woven Tapis from the North, and costume accessories available, but most were very pricey as there weren't large quantities available. According to Floy, it's sad, but the majority of the heirloom pieces are sold by their owners and reach Manila when strife breaks out in the areas they live in; so that even if one were to go to the source, the people are likely to be holding on to their items as security, not parting so easily with them now (hopefully that means these pieces are valued and cared for as treasures!)
My other highlights were locating bookstores: in particular Bookmark a long-time publisher of Philippine culture and art books, had several outlets a few years ago, now reduced to 1 or 2 locations http://www.bookmark.com. The one at 264 Pablo Ocampo Sr. Ave., in Makati, was a real challenge to locate but well worth it, as they carry copies of Dreamweavers, documenting T'boli T'nalak weaving, A Philippine Album, full of turn-of-the-century images, Form & Splendour, a definative pictorial work on Northern tribal art and accessories, as well as reprints of vintage postcards and several other interesting books. Also worth visiting is the Solidaridad bookshop at 531 Padre Faura in Ermita (email solidaridadpublishing@yahoo.com.ph). Small shop, crammed with a variety of in-house printings and consignment books, lots of books on culture, art, and indigenous peoples. Ayala Museum in Makati continues to stock great books, latest being the catalogue for Embroidered Multiples to accompany the exhibition of extremely rare clothing of the early Colonial era on loan from the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, The Netherlands. It's most interesting to see the indigenous elements that were transferred to Colonial garments, and the element of extreme embellishment and decor still inherent in the visual culture everywhere- from jeepneys to cellphone straps to decor in houses!
All in all, lots seen and learned in the midst of a very hectic, too-short trip, good basis for a longer "textiles-first" trip in the future. My sincere thanks for the replies to my inquiries and I hope this info helps!

Brendab.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:16 am 
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Dear Brendab

I am glad that you had a good trip (and are already thinking the next with a real textile focus!)

I very much appreciate all the feedback and glad to see that the info stretches to bookshops - so important to textile enthusiasts! I am not sure about the Bookmark website, however, as it seems to be a gateway to mainly porn!

It looks as if I have no excuse now but to get the Philippines Shopping web page on the main tti site up and running. I will try and find the time and let you know when it is done. Well, not 'done' as it can only ever be a snapshot of knowledge at one point in time and just waiting for further updates!

Very many thanks indeed!

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great, if anyone who have more information, pls share
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