CEL­E­BRAT­ING CRAFTS­MAN­SHIP

Town & Country (Philippines) - - OUT ABOUT -

ArteFino, a new arts and crafts fair high­light­ing the ex­per­tise of Filipino ar­ti­sans, de­buts this month at 8 Rockwell. More than 70 ven­dors are ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate in the fair, with of­fer­ings that in­clude ex­quis­ite Philip­pine tex­tiles, home and fash­ion ac­ces­sories, fur­ni­ture, and spe­cialty food items. The fair is or­ga­nized by Cedie Var­gas, Ar­mita Rufino, Maritess Pineda, Susie Quiros, and Marimel Fran­cisco, a team that has had great suc­cess in mount­ing sim­i­lar projects in the past. “We’re col­lab­o­rat­ing here with ven­dors whom we’ve been with for many years. It’s al­ready like a com­mu­nity. But what is ex­cit­ing is that many new col­lab­o­ra­tions be­tween var­i­ous pro­duc­ers are emerg­ing. Just one ex­am­ple is that of Al Va­len­ciano’s Balay ni Atong, known for its hand-wo­ven Ilo­cano tex­tiles. Al will be work­ing on a new col­lec­tion with Len Ca­bili of Filip+Inna and jeweler Natalya Lag­dameo,” shares Var­gas. ArteFino’s ad­vo­cacy is to el­e­vate the Filipino ar­ti­san, cel­e­brat­ing his or her cre­ativ­ity, pre­serv­ing craft-mak­ing tra­di­tions, and en­sur­ing long-term sus­tain­abil­ity. “ArteFino en­cour­ages a good ex­change of ideas be­tween ven­dors, the ar­ti­sans, and the pub­lic,” says Var­gas. “We are work­ing closely with our ven­dors to see where we can sup­port them. Many of them we have seen evolve. We want to keep grow­ing. Our hope is that we can in­ject many of our tra­di­tions in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of craft, art and din­ing, into the mix. We want to push the move­ment of be­ing truly proud of what we can do as Filipinos. Wear it not just in our soul, but in all that we do.” Visi­tors to the fair can look for­ward to new col­lec­tions from Olive Tree Cor­po­ra­tion (spe­cialty linens), Tali Hand­made (hand­crafted bags and ac­ces­sories), Mil­vi­das (hand-cro­cheted bags and other prod­ucts), Sil­nag (carabao horn ac­ces­sories), Anthill Fab­ric Gallery (hand-wo­ven fab­rics), GKo­nomics-Clare Hynes (jew­elry), SC Viz­carra (hand-wo­ven and em­broi­dered bags), and many more. Au­gust 25 to 27, Pent­house level, 8 Rockwell, Makati; artefi­no­fair@gmail.com; ArteFino on Face­book; ArteFi­noPH on In­sta­gram.

PROUDLy PhILIP­PINE MADE Clock­wise from top right: Ta­ble set­ting by Balay ni Atong; Shelly choker, by GKo­nomics-Clare hynes; em­broi­dered top by SofieB.; horn neck­lace, by Sil­nag; skirt, by Kaayo Mod­ern Min­danao; child’s dress by Ines Moda In­fan­til; bed­dings, by the Olive Tree Com­pany; Gu­mamela Blue tote, by halo­halo Store; slip-ons, by Tali hand­made.

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