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Get your slow-fashioned face mask at Locallae!

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Locallaé For any reason that you would like to support slow fashion, may it be for — ethical, green, or lasting fashion, Locallae got you covered! And it is beaming the spotlight to the different tribes of Philippine weavers. 

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Who wouldn’t fancy the geometric patterns of handwoven Philippine textiles? Incorporating them into our fashion and bringing the Filipino weavers to the international spotlight is what Aero James Ebisa (owner of Locallaé) envisions.

ETHICAL Fashion

Locallae wants to wear our Filipino textile responsibly. Sometimes, it would mean consulting to the head of the tribe if the design is worn in a way that respects the tribe’s culture. Locallae just do not want to disrespect the textiles that are part of the artisans’ lives. They also work closely with the different tribes of weavers in a way that the weavers are fairly treated and compensated. 

 

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This is unlike fast fashion where laborers are getting an unjust percentage of the total sales, and the laborers may or may not have a connection to what they mass produce. 

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Part of the charm of Locallae masks is that it is handwoven by the tribes who breathe and live the culture channeled to every fiber of the fabric. Things like that are just pure magic. 

 

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Locallae also ensures that every design is a venue to share the artisans’ creativity. For Locallaé, every mask is an art collaboration with the tribe. Sometimes, it would mean consulting to the head of the tribe if the design is worn in a way that respects the tribe’s culture. Locallae just do not want to disrespect the textiles that are part of the artisans’ lives.

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GREEN/ECO Fashion

One attribute of slow fashion is the green/eco-fashion. While ethical fashion values workers’ rights, green/eco-fashion concerns the environment. 

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@alexxathegreat (Miss Cotabato) #MissPhilippinesEarth2021 Wearing T’nalak Mushroom Colour mask.

We could go a long list on why a reusable face mask is much better for the environment than the disposable ones.  But Locallae also takes pride that the making of the mask itself produces less carbon footprint as it is handwoven and made in a traditional way.

 

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All materials are locally sourced which means lesser transportation and lesser carbon emission. 

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@arthurtsofficial @arthurts.art Wearing our Yakan Makulay mask.

The masks are made up of four layers of lining that are “washable, wearable, and comfortable” for everyday wear. The abaca fiber, cotton lining, and non-woven water repellant filters

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LASTING Fashion

Slow fashion would also mean you should be a keeper! So it would mean choosing timeless designs.

Kantarines
Queen Althea Bulilan @altheabulilan ♥️ Miss International Queen Philippines Quezon Province 2021 Orientation and Presscon Wearing a Kantarines Locallaé Modern Filipiniana Outfit

You know you are NEVER going out of style with heritage textiles. With Locallaé, you could always fashown responsibly!!

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The Catriona Gray wearing “Pinilian Tao-Tao Mask” of Ilocos Region from Locallaé

While we are charmed in its geometric designs, the patterns are also rooted in a much deeper uniqueness of our ancestor’s beliefs, stories, and imagination. 

Inaul Ginto Mask of Locallae

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Inaul si the maguindanao word for “woven”. These masks are made from the traditional woven cloth of the Maguindanaon. The colorful and intricate design gives us a taste of their culture, something that symbolizes how committed they are in preserving what they have.

Hablon Mask of Locallae

This one is my personal fave. Its color is neutral and can be worn in formal occasions like wedding. So cute to match it with any gown! Huhu, invite me to your wedding please I wanna dress up and lafang!!

Origin: Visayas Region

Made of: Cotton and Abaca Combination

Hablon, taken from the Hilogaynon word, “Habol” meaning “to weave”, refers to both the process of making the fabric and the end product. The floral pattern is a natural color of abaca.

 

Yakan Dinglu-dinglu mask of Locallae

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Origin: Yakan weavers of Basilan

Dinglu means a sweet delicacy (diamond-shaped) of the Yakans. It is made of grated cassava with sugar and coconut. Yakan people are among the major indigenous Filipino ethnolinguistic groups in Sulu Archipelago. They are renowned for their weaving tradition and they have used plants like pineapple and abaca to convert into fibers as basic material for weaving. Using herbal extracts from leaves, roots, and barks, the Yakans dyed the fibers and produced colorful combinations and intricate designs. 

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I know sometimes we would think that slow fashion is only for the privileged who could afford. But hey, a slow-fashioned face mask is the most feasible and the most helpful thing right now. Compared to the price of disposable face masks, the slow-fashioned face mask of Locallaé is much cheaper in the long run. It’s a help for your budget, our cultural heritage, our fellow Filipinos, and the environment.

 

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