The Davao Fashion Design Council (DFDC) has been invited to produce Mindanaon traditional clothes for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Davao designers under the leadership of DFDC President Dodjie L. Batu were asked by the British Council to supply traditional garments from indigenous tribes of Mindanao as an addition to the museum’s Philippine creations exhibit.
Good News Pilipinas talked to DFDC President Dodjie L. Batu about how local Filipino textiles are increasingly gaining the world’s attention.
Batu revealed to Good News Pilipinas that they are finalizing preparations before they make an official announcement about the project.
The DFDC president shared their hopes for continued recognition for Filipino textile and design.
“Its about time. For the longest time, we are just scratching the surface. Now, we have one foot inside the door already.
“I am hoping that the continued support for our culture and heritage will generate more clamor for a sustainable future of our industry, ” Batu told Good News Pilipinas.
The Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Textile Research Institute (DOST-PTRI) has also initiated using Philippine fabrics in government employees’ uniforms.
Last March, the Kandama Collective showcased Ifugao fabrics in France during the Paris Fashion Week.
“Considering that this is the biggest museum in London, we are really grateful that the DFDC will be able to showcase Davao Region,” Batu told media.
Considering 11 tribal groups existing in Davao City, DFDC aims to properly identify indigenous peoples to be featured and to avoid duplication of designs.
Davao Fashion Design Council is now coordinating with the local government.
The organization plans to fly the traditional pieces to London this September and hopes to stage a fashion show for the Filipino community in UK.
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