We've got to wear our own. Tinalak, the indigenous weave technique of T'boli tribe is the featured material and weaving technique of RagsIIRiches 2013 Spring Summer Collection. Dubbed "Newel" launched at the Gallery of Greenbelt, Makati, RIIR's newest style icon was introduced. Wearing a Rajo Laurel gown was the well-known celebrity, social media influencer and fashion afficionado, Ms. Bianca Gonzales personifying the RIIR woman: empowered, passionate and compassionate.
I have known RagsIIRiches co-founder, Ms. Reese Fernandez from Project Pagsulong and witnessing the newest collection that features our very own indigenous weaving brings great awe and inspiration to all. The new collection aims to show the co-existence of three distinct elements: style, substance and sustainability. RagsIIRiches is a for-profit social enterprise that creates eco-ethical fashion and home accessories from up-cycled scrap cloth, organic materials and indigenous fabrics working with women artisans living in poor communities like Payatas.
They have original pieces like the Hedem Hobo Bag dubbed, "The Thinking Woman" in Tiboli and other must-haves Ofi Clutch (fire), the Kena Hobo Bag (dream), the Kulon Clutch (rain), the Kenmu Clutch (fist) and the Benwu Tote Bag (world). I'm loving the bags and I'm so excited to have my own knowing I'll be promoting our very own indigenous fabric and weaving (Tinalak) and I'd be helping so many women living in poor communities generate income.