The #EmbroideryExchange last 20-21 February 2016 at PatisTito Garden Café coincided with National Art's Month, where Patis Tesoro imprinted the importance of national identity on textile through: A talk on the piña process: From plant to finished product, and a presentation of indigenous artisans from Northern and Central Luzon, collaborating for the first time in Philippine history.
The 2-day cultural fair was well-attended by students of life and lovers of art from all-over the country. Booths displayed Patis Tesoro dresses, designs on textile & drawings, her antique collection, handicraft products from Mindanao brought by Menor Usman, handwoven textile from Abra, hand-embroidered pina textile from Lumban, organic herbs, local delicacies, natural remedies and fresh fruits & vegetables.
After the talk on the piña process in the morning, followed by a buffet of home-cooked native dishes, the Agaid clan of Tinggian artisans gave a colorful performance appreciated by the guests who came for merienda.
The Embroidery Exchange was the first of its kind in the Philippines.
We are honored and humbled with how this cultural fair turned out and that is thanks to everyone who supported us:
Inquirer Lifestyle's Marge Enriquez and Angel Guerrero's Adobo Magazine team led by Irma Mutuc and Anna Gamboa were also in attendance who interviewed Patis, thanks to Susan Claire Agbayani's article in BusinessWorld. Artists At Maculangan of artbooks.ph, Tess Pettyjohn, Annatha Lilo Gutierez, Tony Mariño, artist Cristina Grisar Brias from Chile, retired and former first counselor of the French Embassy Hugues-Antoine and wife Janet Suin, Metropolitan Museum of Manila's President, Tina Colayco and staff Etsy Bagos & Desi Tolentino, artist Florencia Guillen from Mexico, Tweetums Gonzales, Nanette Medina, Becka & Dado Jose, Jun Valeña, Maribel Tesoro, Dara Villonco, Ixi Mapua, Paula Anntoneth O, Jean Dee and Chase of jaddstudio.com, Tim Dacanay, Alodia Cecilia, Tim Dacanay, Moira Lang, Michael Kipping, Bob and Mila Lane of Silahis Arts & Artifacts, Ann Mercado of Casa San Pablo, Rosalie Blume, Mela Balcazar, Ixi Mapua, Joe Geronimo, Noemi Marasigan, Theresa Dizon-de Vega, Camille Mamaril, Irene Javier, Herminio Eguia, Elaine Monasterial, Lanie Tigas who came all the way from Bataan, Mariel Lim, Danielle Guillen,Gaile Guevarra, Willhelmina Garcia,