Opulence of Fibers

The virtuosity of Filipino women in the countryside is a well respected trait admired by scholars and artists of UP. Last May 14, 2012, Philippine Association of University Women members and friends  had an opportunity to admire hand-woven fabrics from all over the archipelago. Patis showed materials that had  brilliant colors and exotic designs done with  astonishing accuracy. We were treated to a pageantry of applique, embroidery and opulent beadwork in this simple Sn. Pablo (Laguna) garden of ‘herbal brocades’. Move over showbiz Goths because proudly Philippine – made bead spangled threads might be the in – thing on our world’s fashion ramps and catwalks.

Many thanks to Prof. Caccam, Aida Reyes, Jean Puno, Cynthia Estrada, Tita Trining Abenojar and Tita Noni Zabala who took  the comfortable Toyota Grandia with me and were all so cheerful during the trip.

PAUW – UP President Menchu Pascual with Patis Tesoro.Threads with beads, applique and embroidery...simply opulent!


About cathydeleon

I was a student of the late Constancio Bernardo and Jose Joya. I also had the privilege to have Rod Paras Perez, Napoleon "Billy" Abueva, Romeo Mananquil, Rafael Asuncion, Virginiaflor Agbayani and Lito Carating as my mentors. Larry Alcala's work at the Commission on Audit was done with a little help from me and another fine arts graduate. It was as well a privilege to meet many well known Filipino artists like Juvenal Sanso, Nena Saguil, Cesar Legaspi, Ang Kiukok, Onib Olmedo, Boy Rodriguez, Norma Belleza, Jerry Araos, Fred Baldemor, Esmeraldo Dans, Dave Aquino, and many other equally prominent visual artists. After a few years of working in a gallery, I took up graduate studies and finished my M.A. degree. Consequently I took up Philippine Studies (Philippine Society and Culture). The course was a consortium between the UP Asian Center, UP College of Social Sciences & Philosophy (CSSP) and the College of Arts & Letters (CAL). I finished my Ph.D. degree a few years ago.
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