Manila Bulletin

Inaul fab­ric at­tracts in­ter­est from for­eign ex­ecs

- BY ALI G. MACABALANG South Korea · United States of America · Germany · Texas Instruments · New York County, NY · Davao Region · Davao City · White House · Belgium · Portugal · Portugal national football team · Austria · Berlin · West Berlin · Esmael Mangudadatu

BULUAN, Maguin­danao – Ef­forts for the re­vival of the van­ish­ing Inaul fab­ricweav­ing in­dus­try have gained mo­men­tum af­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the South Korea, United States, and Ger­many ex­pressed keen in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing the tra­di­tional Mus­lim cloth­ing ma­te­rial as part of this prov­ince’s eco-tourism devel­op­ment cam­paign.

This was dis­closed by host of­fi­cials of the just-con­cluded First Inaul Festival here were lo­cal ex­ec­u­tives en­gaged in so­cio-cul­tural and eco­nomic dis­cus­sions with coun­ter­parts from Soutk Korea, US and Ger­many.

South Korean busi­ness lead­ers Lee Jong Young and Son Jung Kil, chair­man of the Bog­wang In­no­va­tion and Tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, met with lo­cal of­fi­cials led by Maguin­danao Gov­er­nor Es­mael Man­gu­da­datu on the eve of Tues­day’s cul­mi­na­tion of the festival, and de­clared in­ter­est in adopt­ing inaul fab­rics in their global trade.

“We are im­pressed with the unique fea­tures of inaul tex­tiles. We can ab­sorb such fab­rics in our pro­duc­tion,” Kil told re­porters cov­er­ing their visit here.

In an­other meet­ing here Mon­day, lawyer Kristin Ban­got, a Filip­ina head­ing a youth devel­op­ment foun­da­tion which has Amer­i­can part­ners, told host festival of­fi­cials that her group has al­ready ac­quired sam­ples of the inaul fab­ric for show­case at an in­ter­na­tional women’s gath­er­ing in New York in April.

She told re­porters that the sam­ples, in­clud­ing some of the inaul gowns worn by Miss Uni­verse can­di­dates in their side tour in Davao City last month, also im­pressed some US White House of­fi­cials.

Based on ini­tial plans, Ban­got said, the inaul sam­ples will be brought to the White House for pre­sen­ta­tion af­ter the New York event.

Ban­got came here with Kris­tine Evan­ge­lista, who took pho­tos and video footages of inaul-mak­ing dy­nam­ics and dis­plays of re­lated dresses to New York and Por­tu­gal fes­ti­vals.

Bai Aye­sha M. Di­lan­galen, re­gional tourism sec­re­tary of the Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion in Mus­lim Min­danao, said she will lead a del­e­ga­tion to show­case sam­ples inaul at a global con­ver­gence in Ber­lin, Ger­many next month.

“Like other for­eign de­sign­ers, some peo­ple in Ber­lin have shown in­ter­est in the inaul prod­ucts af­ter the global show of the 65th Miss Uni­verse,” Di­lan­galen said.

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