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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.
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.
“By patronizing handmade products, we can support and empower local artisans and help keep the tradition alive,” adds Monique.
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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Likhang Balai.