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Likhang Balai offers handcrafted home items by local artisans

Published Dec 21, 2021 12:10 pm Updated Dec 21, 2021 12:20 pm

Finding beauty in every product crafted lovingly by hand, Likhang Balai offers home accents created by local weavers  from Ilocos Sur and Abra, the Tennun Yakan from Zamboanga, the Cordilleras, as well as capiz artisans from Central Luzon.

“Culture is inherently connected to handmade crafts—its narratives, history, fibers, techniques, stories, and inspirations,” says Likhang Balai owner Monique Santos Roxas. “And so, we believe that the key to heritage preservation is using these items every day.”

Handicraft production is a major form of employment in rural areas and is often a significant part of the export economy.

Yakan handwoven pouch sets

However, with increased globalization, the demand for handmade products has dwindled.

Because of this, woven communities are at risk of losing their main source of livelihood. Some artisans are also struggling to pass on the tradition to the younger generation.

  Norita is proud of the Yakan pouches she loomed.

“By patronizing handmade products, we can support and empower local artisans and help keep the tradition alive,” adds Monique.

Yakan weaves from Zamboanga

Inabel Pinilian Placemats in pinya pattern on the loom in Ilocos Sur

Habi rugs, handwoven in Baguio using upcyled fabric

Kusikos Binakol, Handwoven in Abra

Handwoven Binakol placemats, Handloomed and embroidered in Abra

Capiz Butler's tray and round tray in black honeycomb

Capiz Butler's tray with foldable legs

Fleur de lis pattern, handloomed in Ilocos

Yakan weaves from Zamboanga

Inabel Pinilian Placemats in pinya pattern on the loom in Ilocos Sur

Habi rugs, handwoven in Baguio using upcyled fabric

Kusikos Binakol, Handwoven in Abra

Handwoven Binakol placemats, Handloomed and embroidered in Abra

Capiz Butler's tray and round tray in black honeycomb

Capiz Butler's tray with foldable legs

Fleur de lis pattern, handloomed in Ilocos

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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Likhang Balai.