The Fil-Aus community is again in for a treat with the second instalment of Indigenous Fashion Friday being held at 6pm tonight, October 16.  

Once again, the Philippine Consulate General, Sentro Rizal - Sydney showcases colourful indigenous textiles as part of its celebration of the National Indigenous Peoples Month.

By virtue of Proclamation No. 1906 signed on Oct. 5, 2009, by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, National Indigenous People’s month is observed every month of October.

The fashion show can be viewed on the Facebook pages of Sentro Rizal Sydney and the Philippine Consulate General in Sydney:

Aside from highlighting the beautiful hand-woven fabrics, what makes the fashion show special is that the apparel will be worn by Consular and Trade lady officials. So don't miss this wonderful presentation.

Indigenous Fashion Friday

 The term 'igorot' refers to various ethnic groups in the mountains of northern Luzon. They are subdivided into ethnolinguistic groups, namely, Bontoc - live on the banks of the Chico River in the Central Mountain Province on the island of Luzon. Ibaloi - one of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines who live mostly in the southern part of Benguet, located in the Cordillera of northern Luzon, and Nueva Vizcaya in the Cagayan Valley region. Ibaloi women wear KAMBAL or blouse and divet or skirt. Their clothing indicates the social class they belong to. The rich women or the bacnang wear colorful blouse and skirt that has black as the emerging color. The abiteg or the poor women on the other hand wear black and white blouse and skirt. Ifugao – inhabiting Ifugao province. Kalinga also known as the  IKALINGAS- inhabit the drainage basin of the middle Chico River and the Kankanaey. Igorots textiles that are used in making their traditional clothing are hand-woven. Igorot men wear long strips of handwoven loin cloth called "wanes," and the women wear a kind of wrap-around skirt called "lufid."

KAMBAL is worn by Ms. Filipina Galicia, Consular Assistant

SKIRT is worn by Ms. Nova De Lara, Cultural Officer

DRESS is worn by Ms. Alma Argayoso, Trade Attache

 ·         INABEL is a form of weaving tradition native to the Cordilleran people of Northern Luzon. It is one of the prides of Ilocos region. Inabel fabric is made of plain or patterned cotton. Ilocos weavers use different design techniques by using hardwood pedal looms.

Worn by Trade Attache Ms. Alma Argayoso

·         BINAKOL – a Filipino textile pattern indigenous to Ilocanos and Itneg communities of the Ilocos and Cordillera region.

Worn by ATN Officer Ms. Maybel Marinay-Capariño

·         PINOKPOK is in the sinamay family with lots more body and wonderful draping qualities. A more dense quality, finer weave sinamay. The production of pinokpok involves manual pounding of abaca fiber to soften it before being woven manually and fed to a rotary press machine to come up with a fine and seamless cloth blended with cotton, silk or polyester to produce high-class fabrics. It can be made from pure abaca fiber or blended with cotton, silk and pineapple or pinya.

Worn by Cultural Officer Ms. Nova De Lara


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