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Robelyn Coguit Canto and The Art of Suyam: Finding Resonance in New Fashion Expressions 5th November 2019

In ancient Manobo culture, wisdom learned through experience is expressed through the oral traditions of tod-om and gudgud. While the tod-om originates from the babaylan’s (high priestess) own words, the gudgud springs from the incantations of invisible abyan, or spirit guides. Living close to the land and intimate with the natural elements, many of the Manobo’s seemingly utilitarian practices possess a spiritual dimension. Such is the practice of the traditional Manobo embroidery—the vanishing art of suyam.

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PHILIPPINE HANDWOVEN FABRICS

Have you heard of INABEL, BINAKOL. HABLON, BALANGAW, PINILIAN and BARONG? These are some of the indigenous handwoven fabrics that belong to a dying insutry.

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WYC Wear Your Culture

With more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines cradles within its mountains and seas a vast variety of cultures. These divergent customs, beliefs, and way of life find expression in the handiwork of women who take to the loom to weave fabrics of vibrant colors and embroider intricate designs snatched from visions and dreams. The indigenous fabrics of the Philippines find expression through the stylish collections of WYC. 

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Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God

1 Corinthians 10:31

We all have a role to play as members of this nation. We can do it one person at a time by sending one child to school or one industry at a time by creating a demand for their product.That is WYC's inspiration.We aim to tap every Filipino's closet and make them wear their culture everyday.

Alvin and Evita Degamo (Founders of WYC)

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