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It's a Wrap!
In an increasingly fashion and trend-obsessed world it’s always a pleasure to discover a new eco-friendly and sustainable brand; one that puts as much back into the community as it gives to its stylish customers.
The surprise with designer and abaca wrap queen Dita Sandico-Ong is that she’s been doing it for years – 25 years, to be precise. The ‘Issey Miyake of the Philippines’ works exclusively with what she calls banaca, a textile developed from the fibre of the local banana musa textilis (originally used for rope and slippers), here perfected into a structured but softer, exquisitely textured and tactile fabric that keeps its shape and sheen.
Employing weavers and dyers from the island province of Catanduanes who process the raw abaca yarn from start to finish using traditional methods, Sandico-Ong showcases a resulting series of ultra-flexible wraps and shawls, stiff but pliable, that can be worn in multiple ways – scrunched, rolled and folded into sculptural scarves, skirts, sarongs and boleros.
Our favourites from the collection include the pleated obi-like Hikina, which can be worn as a complete outfit or an accessory, the Mori tunic with its slitted armholes, and the diaphanous, round-ended, bias-cut Mira Nelli to be worn like a jacket. Environmental fashion never looked so chic!