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20/10/2017: LEAGUE OF SAN FRANCISCO CONSULAR CORPS VISITS MINDANAO TEXTILES EXHIBIT

In celebration of Filipino-American History Month and in line with the Consulate’s movement to Spark*Connect*Empower* the Filipino-American Community and promote Filipino culture in the Bay Area,  Madame Mariza Bensurto, President of the League of San Francisco Consular Corps, invited members to visit The Hinabi Project’s exhibit on Mindanao textiles at the Mills Building on Wednesday, 18 October 2017.

Madame Mariza Bensurto with The Hinabi Project’s resident designer, Mr. Anthony Cruz Legarda, and the League of San Francisco Consular Corps and the Philippine Consulate General personnel. Behind are peace cloths that form the collection “Weaving Peace and Dreams: Textile Arts of Mindanao.”

The group, composed of spouses of diplomats assigned in San Francisco, as well as members of the Filipino-American Community, viewed “Weaving Peace and Dreams: Textile Arts of Mindanao”, a collection composed of about 35 antique and conceptual pieces showcasing the weaving, beading, tie-dye and embroidery traditions of Mindanao.

The Hinabi Project’s resident designer, Mr. Anthony Cruz Legarda, was present to lead the group and share his experiences on how he was able to visit the various communities in Mindanao, whose weaving traditions are now on display, and will stay until November 24, 2017.

Members of the League from India and Indonesia were interested in the commonalities of textiles found in Asia, particularly ikat.  Others marveled at the intricacy of the bead-work, with some pieces containing thousands of individually hand-sewn mother of pearl buttons in one Bagobo piece.

What also resonated with the ladies were the stories behind the peace cloths, commissioned pieces by The Hinabi Project that marries traditional and modern concepts in one textile.  Because of the ongoing unrest in some areas in Mindanao, Mr. Legarda pointed out features in the textiles that show where the weavers had to temporarily abandon their work while seeking safety, and eventually completing the work, in order to share their Community’s traditions and culture.

Mr. Legarda ended the tour by saying that The Hinabi Project intends to offer the collection to the Asian Art Museum after it is renovated.  END

Mr. Legarda explaining to the group the intricate process of weaving Mindanaoan textiles