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.