Benguet, Philippine – Benguet young artists proudly presented their fashion design using ‘inabel’ textile to promote Cordilleran woven cloth on the international fashion stage held in Thailand.
‘Inabel’ textile is a woven fabric with plain or pattern style, mainly red color with black, white, yellow, and green accents.
It is a creative weaving craft and an identity that reflects the rich and colorful traditions as well as the heritage of the Indigenous groups in the Cordillera.
Julienne Paran, president of the Fashion Designers Alliance-Cordillera together with her group, proudly showcased their collection using the ‘inabel’ craft during the fashion week in Thailand on June 29-30, 2022.
Fashion week in Thailand, Paran explained through PIO-Benguet, was their opportunity to promote local textiles of Cordillera abroad, especially that other countries like United States of America and Vietnam participated in the said event.
Paran added that through this, local artists or designers from the Cordilleras could be recognized and known.
It shall likewise bring honor to the ancestral weavers who were the source of inspiration by subsequent generations.
She added that the fashion week happens twice a year during Spring or Summer and Winter or fall in order to set upcoming trends to inspire people in the field of fashion.
As an advocate of cultures through fashion designing, Julienne encouraged aspiring artists in Benguet to follow their dreams.
“Follow your dreams. Walang ibang makakaabot niyan kundi ikaw lang. Huwag ka lang mapapagod, lahat ng hirap may patutunguhan,” said the young artist.
The president and members of the Fashion Designers Alliance (FADAL) Cordillera with representatives from FADAL Mindanao Chapter are the only groups from the Philippines joining the said international event from the country.
Governor Diclas commended Paran and her team for representing the province to the international stage and for continuing to be an inspiration of the people in Benguet.
Diclas awarded Paran as one of the 2022 IYAMAN Awardees during the Benguet International Youth Arts Guild Festival last April.
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