As a designer, my objective is to pair fashion with a cause, so I applied that vision to my graduation thesis collection where I drew inspiration from Filipino indigenous tribes to promote their culture and replicate their technique and attention to detail. It was a conscious decision to use surplus fabrics for the entire collection to encourage ecological options. I purchased all fabrics at a local market where rolls of excess fabrics are typically sprawled across the side of the roads. Not only are they more affordable, they are also indicative of my stand against textile waste to help advocate a mindset of recycling and repurposing fabrics.
ABOUT THE COLLECTION
For our graduation thesis collection, we were assigned one out of five categories. The categories were: nature, painting, geometry, architecture, and anime. Since I was assigned geometry, the first idea that came to mind was that of the concept of sacred geometry, which is something that has always piqued my interest. Sacred geometry ascribes divine and symbolic significance to geometric shapes and proportions. Between cosmology and the interconnectedness of the universe through certain patterns, there is a secret that the very fabric of nature itself lies in sacred geometry. Throughout the entire collection, the theme recurs in the form of shapes, which I cut and sewed in layers onto various areas of each piece I designed. This was thoroughly achieved to provide depth, movement, and texture.
As a subset to the theme of sacred geometry, I wanted the collection to pay homage to my mother land, the Philippines. My goal was to raise awareness on the cultural diversity that exists among our various indigenous tribes. I wanted to depict how the the intricacy, detail, and patterns existing in their cultures, are shadows of each specific tribe's unique attributes and how each one's ability to offer something diverse has been woven to the identity of the nation as a whole. My choice of fabrics, a collection of different woven materials, is a reflection of all this. I purposely decided to go for a darker color story to illustrate how these indigenous tribes are often overlooked and undervalued because of the tendency to focus on city life and technology. There is a pressing need to re-route this focus towards these communities, a demand to emphasize and celebrate their sacred beauty, and a call to aid in the preservation of their cultures.
"Everything is sacred, nothing is sacred."