How does my purchase support the weaving industry?
Your purchase supports the livelihood of weavers and craftsmen and women in Ifugao, most of whom are also the farmers who cultivate the rice terraces. By supporting this enterprise, you allow us to keep these traditions alive and financially viable in this day and age.
Does my purchase also support the conservation of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras?
As the social enterprise arm of the Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement (SITMo), your purchase enables us to do more of SITMo’s conservation work. SITMo is involved in rice research, documentation of traditional practices, heritage education, ecotourism, and weaving.
Can we know more about the weavers too?
Of course! Our weaves are made by the Kiyyangan Weavers Association. Some of them are in the photo on our homepage: Junia Guimpayan, Eliza Dumanop, Maria Galeon, Emilia Alindayo, Virginia Tuguinay, Rita, and Lolita Guyguyon.
Where are you based?
Our weaving room is in Kiangan, Ifugao. We have volunteers in the Metro who help us with logistics and online platforms, but most of the work that we do is based in the highlands.
Do you accept partnerships? Can I donate to your organization?
For collaboration, fundraising, or volunteer work ideas, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's see what we can do together.
I'm interested in your other weaves. Where and how can I purchase?
We will slowly be uploading our other weaves on this site too! Just give us some time and we'll get there!
Are there things that I should know when using these weaves?
We know that there's a thin line between appreciation and cultural appropriation and it is something that we're very conscious of. Most of the weaves that we'll be posting here are new creations inspired by traditional textiles and patterns. With blessings from the elders, we've switched the colors and patterns to innovate and bring new life into the weaves that we make. We're glad to share these designs with you.
When we do upload traditional textiles and garments, we'll make sure to write about the cultural context of these weaves to create learning opportunities for everyone.
Do you ship abroad?
Yes, we do! We ship abroad via FedEx. We're adding shipping rates and destinations to this platform in the next few days. If your shipping destination isn't here yet, you can send us a message at email@example.com. We're also opening a US site real soon ;)
Can we pick up our order?
Yes! If you're in Ifugao, you can come to the IPED Center in Kiangan to pick up your items. If you're in Metro Manila, you can have your orders picked up at our drop off point in Sikatuna, QC.
We ship items ordered twice a week. Based on our experience, it usually takes less than 5 days for packages in Metro Manila to be delivered. For provincial deliveries, it takes 1-2 weeks.
We don't have any full-time sales staff so it takes us quite a bit of time to pack and ship orders. Due to the pandemic, it's also quite tricky for us to send our items to Manila. Currently, we send the items by van to Manila and ship them to your homes from there. We do this to save time and transportation costs.
I have a concern about my items. How can I contact you?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll gladly assist you.