The Story Behind the Bagobo Tagabawa Tribe's Limited Handmade Collection for ArteFino
ArteFino has been proudly championing Philippine-made products, concepts, and ideas since its incepction. This is, in fact, the main philosophy behind the whole movement of the annual art and craft fair.
This year, the fair’s founders, Cedie Lopez-Vargas, Susie Quiros,
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Behind the scenes,
The women of ArteFino with girls from the Bagobo Tagabawa community.
In February, the ArteFino team along with designer Zarah Juan, flew to Davao to meet the Bagobo Tagabawa community, where they broke bread and exchanged stories about local crafts and culture. Juan’s beaded mules, one of the best-selling products from last year’s fair, were made by the members of the community. For this year’s edition, the Bagobo community collaborated with Juan to present a 156-piece collection of intricately handmade beaded jackets.
The Bagobo Tagabawa artisans are inspired by three things: Manama (God), Manobo (Man), and Banwa (Nature). Not only that, the community’s designs are also based off of personal experiences, inspirations, and prayers. Each element is imbued and can be seen in their creations, bringing a connection between the weaver and the wearer.
See more photos from the ArteFino team’s visit to the Bagobo Tagabawa community below: