Filipinos have traditionally used this kind of weave.
This has been used in our banig(mat) using palm leaves endemic to the Philippines.
Then, this kind of weave was used for t-shirt wastes to make materials like doormats, pot holders and other items.
It’s a livelihood for people in Payatas , a site which used to be a garbage dump.
People reacted when the same weave was featured in Vogue Magazine recently. These were just some of the news in Philippine mainstream media .
I thought, probably doormats, potholders and rags are not exactly the items that Vogue features. But then, this weave has been used by some enterprises in more fashionable items. Below are sample products of Rags2Riches ,a social enterprise that was established in 2007 and is based in the Philippines. R2R’s contributions to society lie mainly in its endeavors to alleviate poverty in Payatas, Quezon City. (Wikipedia)
Probably, we’re not in the radar of Vogue magazine. We just need more exposure to be recognized internationally. How can they appreciate if they don’t know?
To my fellow Filipinos, let us tell the world of our crafts.
To the rest of the world, I introduce to you this bit of our crafts. I invite you to see and try more.