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Stitches in Time: The Beauty of Philippine Textiles

Stitches in Time: The Beauty of Philippine Textiles

Fashion | August 25, 2022
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Showcasing the best of what the country has to offer, Francis Libiran skillfully weaves together masterpieces using Philippine textiles.

Working in the industry for twenty-three years has definitely shaped who I am today as an artist. All of the silhouettes that I have made, the designs that I’ve created, and every crystal and stone I have worked with have definitely contributed to honing my craft and mastering my skill.

My signature style of incorporating art deco patterns in my creations defines my design flair the most. “Ah, yes, that is a Francis Libiran creation,” one might say. But behind every piece that I make, the textiles that I use play a huge part in weaving these masterpieces.

Woven with Pride

As a designer who prides himself in being a Filipino, I always incorporate my heritage in every work that I helm. Barongs and Filipinianas comprise most of my art. And, truly, I enjoy working with Philippine textiles for my other creations.

Fabrics like abaca, jusi, and piña feel like home to me, which is why they are my go-to textiles. A symbol of heritage and testament to Pinoy pride, I would love to finally give them the spotlight that they deserve.

Piña is skillfully made by our indigenous brothers and sisters with pineapple leaves, specifically the Spanish Red variety due to its tensile strength. The resulting translucent refinement of the piña is truly magnificent because it adds a sense of elegance and dazzle.

Embroidery on the SEA Games Barong

On the other hand, abaca is also another notable Filipino textile that I love using. It is a leaf fiber that comes from a plant of the same name. Aside from it being sustainable and eco-friendly, one thing I love the most about this textile is that it is versatile and can be easily incorporated into my looks.

Last but not least is jusi, which is made of a silk-type material. With its premium quality and feel, it is one of the best choices for those who would not want to spend more. Nevertheless, it still makes pieces distinguished and tasteful. This material can be typically seen in various styles and colors, just like another textile—the Organza.

Utilizing these different Philippine textiles certainly makes my heart happy. The fact that they are Filipino is not the sole reason why I use them, but also because of the superb quality that they possess. Pair that with the way they elevate every Francis Libiran creation and for that, I am dignified.

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Francis is a Filipino architect and fashion designer. His love for travel, nature, architecture, and patterns is very apparent in his creations. Being in the business for more than two decades, Francis is considered as one of the Philippine’s premier fashion designers and his brand is dedicated to producing original, high quality, wearable art pieces which promote Filipino beauty, artistry, talent, and craftsmanship on the global arena. Francis Libiran’s international success, awe-inspiring designs and creations, and keen eye for detail opened the doors of opportunities to dress some of the biggest stars the world over.
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