DTI Region VI supports regenerative fashion for weavers

DTI VI Regional Director Rachel Nufable delivers her message of support during the Regenerative Philippines Innovation Workshop on 18 June 2024 held at the University of the Philippines Visayas Regional Research Center in Miag-ao, Iloilo

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Region VI has announced its support for an innovative program designed to empower local weavers and designers through sustainable and digitally-driven solutions.

During the Regenerative Philippines Innovation Workshop held on June 18, 2024, organized by tech startup Panublix Innovations Inc. and the US-based Fibershed organization at UP Visayas in Miag-ao, Iloilo,

DTI VI Regional Director Rachel Nufable emphasized the importance of uplifting the region’s weaving industry while preserving its rich heritage.

“Our weaving traditions are integral to our cultural identity and livelihoods. However, we must adapt by embracing eco-friendly practices and market demands,” stated Nufable.

Panublix, a leading tech startup, is dedicated to connecting designers and brands to sustainable tropical textiles and artisan crafts.

Region VI was chosen as one of three priority areas to pilot Panublix’s digital platform, which connects weavers to locally sourced materials and provides regenerative fashion training.

Through this dual approach, Panublix aims to empower weavers and designers, equipping them with the tools and knowledge necessary to thrive in a sustainable future.

The workshop has attracted participation from weaving artisan enterprises in Western Visayas.

Nufable lauded the involvement of Fibershed, highlighting its significance and potential impact.

“By adopting eco-friendly and socially responsible practices, the weaving sector can preserve cultural heritage while contributing to environmental sustainability,” she noted.

Last year, DTI Region VI launched “WEAVE Philippines,” the Regional Inclusive Innovation Center, which links stakeholders to drive innovation, address gaps, and scale up regional weaving clusters.

“We believe that this workshop will serve as a catalyst for transformative change, enhancing skills and knowledge while positioning Western Visayas as a leader in regenerative fashion,” Nufable said.

With robust support from both public and private sectors, Region VI’s weaving artisans are poised to embrace a new era of innovation, sustainability, and global competitiveness.