London’s V&A Museum to exhibit Mindanao traditional clothing

Image via BW | Davao Fashion Design Council

The Davao Fashion Design Council (DFDC) has been invited to bring traditional pieces of Mindanao’s indigenous clothes to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

According to DFDC President Dodjie L. Batu, the British Council invited them to add traditional garments from indigenous tribes of Mindanao to the V&A’s Philippine creations exhibit.

Image via visitlondon | Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A is home of the largest art pieces and design collections in London.

Batu said in an interview that they were excited to showcase Davao Region, where 11 tribal groups still exist, in what is considered the biggest museum in London.

The DFDC is now working with LGUs to identify tribes that will be featured in the exhibit.

They’re planning to bring the traditional clothes and pieces by September plus there will be a fashion show for the Filipino community in London.

Meanwhile, the DFDC just held the annual Fashion Weekend Davao last May 24-26 at the Ayala Abreeza Mall corresponding to this year’s National Heritage Celebration.

Image via Facebook | Abreeza

Emi Alexander L. Englis, DFDC Secretary said that it was an opportunity for them to connect Davao and appreciate the rich products and designs they offer.

They also collaborated with IP communities and designers in Davao Region.

Image via Facebook | Abreeza – Raphael Meting

The entire weekend showcased cultural performances by different tribes in Davao and it reminded everyone that diversity is definitely part of Mindanao’s distinct identity.


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