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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2 Postponed

In response to the difficulties experienced by participating communities due to the onslaught of tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng, Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2 bazaar has been postponed to October 23 & 24.

The best of home-grown textiles will be up for grabs in this 2-day event from 10am to 7pm hosted by the Yuchengco Museum at the RCBC Plaza Courtyard in Makati City. The market encounter will bring a mélange of traditional and contemporary indigenous textiles from weaving communities all across the country—loom woven cotton inabel from Northern Luzon, various blends of piña silk from Palawan, yakan material from Mindanao, t'nalak from dream-inspired patterns, embellished textiles, and other hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind clothing items. Fashion items will be seen in the banana fiber and silk items of Dita Sandico-Ong and the piña-knits of Lulu Tan Gan, amongst others.

Habi, the Philippine Textile Council, has arranged for Dr. Norma Respicio, leading textile expert, to talk on embarking on indigenous textiles research on Saturday, October 24, 3pm at the Yuchengco Museum's Masters Gallery. An exhibition of rare home-grown fabrics from private collectors will open simultaneously with the bazaar. A minimal fee of Php50 entitles the visitor to the bazaar and free admission to the museum and lecture.

Originally slated to open October 9 & 10, Likhang Habi: Market Encounter 2 is a joint undertaking of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI), the Yuchengco Museum and the Lopez Memorial Museum in celebration of Museum Month this October. It also celebrates the United Nations proclamation of 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibers. Likhang Habi is an offshoot of Market Encounter initially launched at the 2nd ASEAN Traditional Textiles Symposium held last February at the National Museum. For information, call the Yuchengco Museum at (+632) 889 1234 or email marketencounter2@

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