Native Threads & Woven Arts

by Elle

Ever since I came back from a trip to the Philippines, I have been wanting to find clothing brands that take traditional methods and translate them to wearable everyday clothing for the Modern Filipina. 

I have been following Ant Hill Fabric for several months now. I love the fact that they are community based and sustainable organization that support local artisans in the Philippines. I enjoy the way they utilize woven components in their pieces.

In October, I picked up a few pieces from them and I have been loving the opportunity to wear native fabric from artisans from the Philippines.

One of the pieces that I adore from their current collection is this Bughaw blouse that feature the Katarines Stripe weave from Bangeud, Abra. I like how each piece is from upcycled materials, support local weavers, it supports slow fashion as well as shares and gives value to Philippine indigenous arts. As an Filipino Academic and a fashion enthusiast, knowing that Filipino Indigenous Fashion is finding a niche in our world is amazing.

I paired the top with a pair of dark denim jeans and my Rothy’s flats and a pair of Narra wood hoop earrings. For the most part this outfit is utilizing sustainable and slow fashion brands. I will be sharing more of the pieces I bought from Ant Hill and other Filipino clothing lines in the upcoming months. Thanks again for reading.



SHIRT ant hill fabric
SHOES rothy’s
EARRINGS bevel hawaii hoop earring in narra (narra wood is national wood of the Philippines)