Pia Wurtzbach raises flag for indigenous weavers

Published August 27, 2021, 2:56 PM

by Neil Ramos

Artisans from Lih’han Di Immipugo of Kiangan, Ifugao have made it to Vogue Italia.

Well, their fabrics at least.

The indigenous fabrics, as fashioned into modern, sleek creations by renowned fashion designer Victor Baguilat Jr. were featured in an editorial for the magazine as selected by Vogue Italy’s Deputy Editor, Sara Maino.

Helping out is Pia Wurtzbach, who donned the amazing creations.

The objective? To raise awareness about indigenous fashion.

Pia shared photos from the editorial by acclaimed photographer MJ Suayan on Instagram.

She wrote, “For me, this is Philippine indi-GENIUS!”

Pia acknowledged the weavers from Lih’han Di Immipugo of Kiangan, Ifugao saying, “This is a look at our culture into the future: of what could have been, and what it could still be.”

She added, “There is much to see and learn — from our ever-evolving culture, from every Filipino’s heART and soul. “Everything is intertwined and in fashion, it’s inspiring when different creatives come together — from weavers to designers to artists to photographers. New stories arise from each concept piece, each photo output.”

“I hope this doesn’t end with us just feeling inspired. It’s a start though. I hope we will always support each other’s artistry and creativity. I hope we can learn to preserve and continue traditions so we can weave them into our future.

“It is with pride that I can wear my country’s stories as pieces of art. I hope every Filipino does too,” she ended.