Textile arts of Mindanao coming to San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO — A unique collection of textile work from the island of Mindanao will be on view from September 18 to November 24 in the historic The Mills Building & Tower here, organized by the Hinabi Project (THP) of the Philippine American Writers and Artists Inc.
Weaving Peace and Dreams: Textile Arts of Mindanao brings work from the Mindanao weaving communities of — Bagobo, B’laan, Higaonon, Magindanao, Mandaya, Maranao, T’boli, Tausug, and Yakan. Traditional weaving was circumscribed by much ritual and ceremonies of the life cycle — birth, marriage, death — and the fabrics produced were meant to address these ceremonial needs. Weaving was also a contemplative and peaceful endeavor for the women in these communities.
Contemporary weavers now struggle with traditional needs and the demands of local and tourist markets, marked by social and political conditions less conducive to the peaceful production of these fabrics. With this transformation in the continuity of indigenous weaving traditions, the legacy of heritable designs and techniques, and the self-pride and worth of work is a cause for concern.
THP hopes to highlight the possibility of evolving newer concepts of design and work through this exhibition, thereby to encourage other designers, weaving artisans with inspired pupils, and scholars to talk about their future direction.
The goal is not just the survival of weaving craft but also the sustainability and continuation of a living tradition by people with rich intellectual and deep artistic knowledge of their craft in this age of commodification, conflict, and globalization.
As part of the exhibition launch, the National Commission for Culture & the Arts of the Philippines (NCCA) is sponsoring dancers from these weaving communities to perform at several San Francisco venues.
About THP: The Hinabi Project: The Art of Philippine Textiles, a project of PAWA, Inc., seeks to increase awareness of and appreciation for the exquisite and rich traditions of Philippine weavings and textiles through public exhibits and educational workshops & lectures. THP seeks support as it encourages weavers, embroiderers, and designers of traditional Filipino textiles to continue working on their crafts and thus maintain these traditions. Curators: Anthony Cruz Legarda and Edwin Lozada, with the assistance of Kerri C. Hurtado
For more information, contact: Edwin Lozada, THP Director//Christina Laskowski, THP Program Mgr.
Partners: The Philippine Consulate-General of San Francisco, Department of Tourism – Philippines, National Commission for Culture & the Arts of the Philippines, Non-Forest Timber Products—EP Philippines, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles in Berkeley, Artsource Consulting of San Francisco.
Weaving Peace and Dreams: Textile Arts of Mindanao
The Mills Building and Tower, 220 Montgomery/220 Bush, San Francisco
September 18 – November 24, 2017
Lobby Hours: 5 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Friday
Saturday Tours: By appointment only
Please see the website for scheduled tours.