July 23, 2024

PEÑARRUBIA, Abra – As sunglasses and hats once started out as items meant to protect the wearer from the sun, face mask has also evolved now into a fashion accessory due to the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

This is why the Namarabar Indigo Natural Dye Producers Cooperative (NINDPC) is designing masks with designs that promote Cordilleran culture and identity.

Cooperative Head Luis Agaid, Jr. said that the NINDPCas part of Philippine Textiles Research Institute is focusing on fashion creativity to value culture and tradition. Using the traditional Natural Organic Dyeing, the fabrics of these fancy face masks are built to last long. 

 “Malatayun” is the local name of the indigo plant in Namarabar which can produce various shades of color blue, including purple, which was traditionally used to dye threads for weaving and fabrics.

More than that, the cooperative is also incorporating the different embroideries of Tigguian culture which form part of the face mask’s overall design. These embroideries depict various cultural beliefs, customs and traditions.  

They can be reached through mobile number 0935-540-8089 for orders. – Christian Tubadeza