Wednesday, March 18, 2009

From Rags to Bags

Le Rosette Tote
(Standout newspaper outfit by Jojie Lloren)

Retaso or excess fabrics from production plants usually find their way to former landfill Payatas, and are made into rags by the women of this depressed community. Last night Rags II Riches, a project that aim to help the women of Payatas, unveiled the second designer collection of bags "upcycled" from these fabrics.

An exhibit was set up at The Gallery of Greenbelt 5, Makati City. Amina Aranaz-Alunan designed this summer collection defined by rosettes, stripes and nets. The pieces were fused with other indigenous materials-- a signature of Aranaz.

Aplaya Basket Tote
(Gown by Melanie Lim)

Exhibited along with the bags, newspaper ensembles were produced by Dong Omaga-Diaz, Jojie Lloren, Avel Bacudio and students of the School of Fashion & the Arts. Indeed a gorgeous piece was Lloren's (first photo). Upon closer inspection, one could even see a zipper integrated to the design. (I think it may even be wearable by a girl with a high level of finess.)

And the best bag for summer, especially if you plan to hit the beach in style, is this blue, white and orange striped tote (photo below). Feels nautical without being constricted to bold bands of blue and white. (The sandy hue of the mall flooring and the greens placed on the side just add to the beachy feel of the bag. )

Best Bag for Summer

Remarkable bags from scraps, aren't they? Who would have thought these are made from the same material as your rags and doormat?

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Anonymous said...

I love it!! especially yung details! hahahaha!