A Weekend with Filipina Embroiderers at Patis Tito’s Embroidery Exchange

It was time for another getaway and just a couple of days after our Natural Dyeing Seminar/Workshop at PTRI, we travelled to San Pablo, Laguna to join in the festivities at Patis Tito Garden Cafe where they had the so-called “Embroidery Exchange.” Patis Tesoro thought of having this event in her cafe after visiting the embroiderers last December 2015.

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As mentioned in Patis Tito’s Facebook page, this embroidery exchange is the first ever collaborative encounter between the Tinggians of Namarabar, Peñarrubia, Abra and the embroiderers of Lumban, Laguna. This was held last February 20 and 21, 2016. I saw this as an opportunity to personally interact with the embroideries to see and experience their work.

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The Fine Art of Piña with Patis Tesoro (FITE: Part 3 of 6)

Patis Tesoro, the “Grand Dame of Philippine Fashion” is an advocate of piña (pineapple) and other indigenous materials held a talk in the afternoon of July 8, 2015 at FITE in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. She made a brief yet eye-opening presentation on how piña fabric is made.

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Patis Tesoro ready to tell the story of the process of Piña. On her table are actual handwoven Piña pieces she designed.

I already knew before I attended her talk that piña was really difficult to make. Having done weaving myself I realize how time consuming it is to prepare the warp, the loom and weave. It took me almost five days to finish a scarf and I just used commercial polyester threads. With yarns like silk and piña, the task is probably ten times more difficult.

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Basket Weaving: Project Jellyfish with Ueno Masao (FITE: Part 2 of 6)

The first workshop offered by The International Festival of Extraordinary Textiles or FITE was facilitated by Ueno Masao, a Japanese artist who creates bamboo sculptures through weaving.

Mr. Ueno Masao with his artwork entitled Dragon Ball showcased at Lecoq Park Clermont-Ferrand France in September 2012 Photo borrowed from the Facebook page of International Festival of Extra Ordinary Textiles (FITE) in Manila

When I attended the 2-day session, I really didn’t know what I was getting into. I was a last-minute participant during the first day and when I arrived I was handed a strip of circular bamboo to work on. Continue reading

FITE: An Extraordinary Experience (FITE Part 1 of 6)

If not for the Facebook ad promoted by Ambafrance Manille, my second week of July would’ve been dull and uneventful. I found out about FITE: The International Festival of Extraordinary Textiles last Monday, July 6, 2015, and the series of workshops and talks it offered just in time. The event featured an exhibit titled “Renaissance” and a week-long series of workshops by local and foreign artists. The exhibit and workshops featured traditional and unconventional textiles, drawing influence and inspiration from different cultures around the globe.

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About Renaissance. Photo borrowed from the Facebook page of International Festival of Extra Ordinary Textiles (FITE) in Manila

The moment I found out about the event which opened to the public on July 8, 2015, I immediately emailed the French Embassy to inquire and register so that I may attend the interesting line-up of workshops.
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