Legarda promotes PH’s traditional textiles in London
Senator Loren Legarda has promoted the country’s traditional textiles during her speaking engagement in London, saying that more support is needed for the producers of this particular commodity.
During a lecture series and workshops held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Legarda emphasized the importance of support the manufacturing of traditional textiles as it provides jobs for a lot of people.
“Imagine how many more families and communities we can support if we continue to promote traditional textiles,” Legarda said.
“Traditional textiles are ties that bind. It links the past to the present and brings together cultures, which, no matter how diverse, has a commonality,” she further said.
According to her, a fabric or a garment is a synergy among workers and artisans and a product of diligence, hard work, and passion.
“Several hands are needed to make one fabric alone. For piña, if the farmer is also the reaper, and the weaver is also the warper and loom dresser, it will take at least four people, including the designer and sewer, to bring piña to fabric,” she pointed out.
“For the silk, at least eight to nine people are needed from farmer to fabric, if all are within the same general location,” she added.
Meanwhile, creating piña-seda alone would already require 12 people to produce the fabric, plus three for embroidery including transport, and two for designer and sewer. This means that a handwoven piña-seda blouse with embroidery would entail at least 17 people to complete.
According to the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), there are currently 1,277 weavers in the Philippines and 494 groups involved in the handweaving sector.