The colorful, indigenous textiles in the Philippines inspire me. I love that the fabrics support an ancestries old tradition; that they are made by artisans on antique wooden looms, not machines; and that those artisans are mothers supporting their families.
I bought several designs of fabric from Anthill Fabric Gallery
in Cebu and a couple more from Silahis
in Old Manila. I thought the bright, bold patterns would be perfect for Amelia. I couldn't wait to get home and start sewing!
|This is me afraid to make the first cut|
|the first dress|
|the bib is reminiscent of tribal necklaces and pompoms add whimsy|
|I love how the 3-button closure on the back mimics the pompoms|
To learn more about the weaving process, see Anthill's Weaver's Story
A big thank you to Tita Annie Lim, co-founder of the Anthill Fabric Gallery
social enterprise, for hosting and to my cousin Alessa Libongco,
founder of Life After Breakfast
and co-owner of Pipino Vegetarian
taking me along!