Ifugao weave to shine in New York Fashion Week runway

  • Cordillera’s Kandama Collective that highlights Ifugao weave will hit the New York fashion Week runway on September 7
  • Kandama Founder Victor Baguilat Jr. has prepared 25 pieces for the fashion week
  • The clothing line is the work of some women of Julongan Village in Kiangan, Ifugao

The Philippine art and heritage is set to shine worldwide as a clothing line featuring the Ifugao fabric will be showcased at the New York Fashion Week this month.

Image by Kandama via Facebook

The Cordillera’s Kandama Collective that highlights the weaves of women of Julongan Village in Kiangan, Ifugao will make an international exposure during the Society Fashion Week in New York on September 7.

Kandama Founder Victor Baguilat Jr. said he has prepared 25 pieces for the upcoming international fashion week. Kandama, Baguilat said in an interview with the Inquirer, means power in Tuwali, an Ifugao language.

Baguilat shared that with Kandama, they want “to facilitate the empowerment of indigenous women and for those who wear us to feel their power within.”

One of Kandama’s goal is to impact social livelihood, he said. “The endpoint is to turn it into a co-op where they have their own funds and they can also cater to other customers. We created the association so they have their own autonomy,” Baguilat said in the same interview.

“We organize Ifugao women and have our own weaving centers. We started from the ground up. We donated the looms and the threads,” Baguilat shared. “Kandama is the intersection of all the things I love to do.”

Image by Kandama via Facebook

It was reported that the New York Fashion Week is the second outing of Kandama in the international runway since its launch this year. It also hit the runways of Paris for the International Indigenous Fashion Week early this year.