Santa Marcela, Apayao - Tailors and dressmakers in Santa Marcela underwent a 3-day upgrading training and skills enhancement on producing loom-woven handicrafts and cultural attires at the LGU Kiosk, last Sept. 20-23,2023.
The participants include 15 tailors and dressmakers from Sipa Women's Weavers Association, Maddie's Fashion and Design, Marcela Weaver's Association, and some individual dressmakers in the municipality.
Maureen Alvarez, renowned dressmaker of Cassidy Designs in Kalinga, and Jay Anne Auggas, her assistant, imparted substantial abilities in design constructing, body measurements, pattern making, cutting, sewing, and suitable fitting to these tailors and dressmakers.
As part of the training, each of the participants presented their own loom-woven cloth at the conclusion of the activity, where said outputs were commended as having good quality and captivating appearances.
To recall, the given upgrading training is in line with the program of Apayao Lone District Representative Eleanor Bulut-Begtang, who is working with the Department of trade and industry (DTI-Apayao) to promote and broaden the province's handloom weaving trade.
Additionally, given these wearable loom-woven products, known locally as 'Abel' in Apayao, have symbolism and cultural significance and have become the new trend in the market, the DTI vows its maintained support to local dressmakers and tailors, as this is one effective source of livelihood among locals.
Similarly, the DTI is dedicated to creating more economic and intervention programs to empower the municipality's existing Weaver's Association as well as independent dressmakers and tailors.
Santa Marcela Mayor Evelyn Martinez, for her part, encouraged the municipality's tailors and dressmakers to strive to further enhance their skills in handloom weaving and compete in the global market.
Martinez likewise expressed her thanks to DTI and Congresswoman Begtang for their support to the tailors and dressmakers of Santa Marcela.
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