Manila designers showcase work
Manila designers Cora Manimbo and Oskar Atendido visited Hawaii Island before flying over to Oahu for a Filipiniana Americana Fashion & Art Show that took place Saturday at New Life Church.
In a presentation Thursday at Fresh Cafe Downtown, Manimbo showed some traditional ternos and blouses made with indigenous Philippines fabric, noted for its intricate embroidery, beadwork and handpainting. Manimbo creates many of her own fabrics.
Atendido showed his fine handcrafted filigree jewelry made of silver, copper and gold, saying he had long been interested in the handcrafted pieces in his mom's jewelry box and would study them for hours, trying to figure out how they were made.
"What I found was a craft that was rapidly disappearing that was worthy of saving, because once you lose it, you lose it," he said.
Filigree work found its way to the Philippines through schools Belgian missionaries. Up until about 10 years ago, when programs were starting to be phased out, the techniques were still being taught at Saint Louis University, a private Catholic university run by Belgian nuns in Baguio, in central Luzon.
Atendido said the school also teaches Belgian lace, or tatting, tradition, on which the filigree is based, hence its resemblance to lace.
The exhibition also featured artwork by Jasmine Knight and Leni Knight, who organized the events as a fundraiser for Local Family Caregivers, to assist families in need for financial support for respite care and other assisted-living services.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.