Aug 31, 2018

For many who love artisan crafts and local products—or even for those who are just getting into it—ArteFino, now showcasing over a hundred local makers, is the best and easiest place to get a glimpse of and actually try these products from all over the country. Likewise, for many of the artisans themselves, being included in the ArteFino lineup comes as a badge of recognition—that their products are now part of the top tier of the country’s best.

If you haven’t checked out this year’s ArteFino yet, or if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of booths to visit (a hundred is no joke!), here’s a handy guide to the best and most popular products at the fair that you need to check out before they get sold out.

Kaayo

nolisoli artefino listNatural tie-dye espadrille “sneakers”
P4,800

Lara

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Gold patterned bag (right), P7,500
Gold basket bag (center), P8,000
Small clutch bags, P3,500 to P4,000

Art of Gold

nolisoli artefino listHand-painted table napkins
P495 for two

If you’re already preparing for all the holiday dinners you’ll be hosting, make this one of your stops.

C&C

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Sinag baskets made of rattan poles
Small for P1,900
Big for P3,900

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Alon statement basket (right) made of wicker and rattan
P6,800

Made in Pampanga. The statement basket design can only be made by one weaver, so there are limited quantities

Casa San Pablo Clay Storytellers

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Paper mache horse figures
P350

Holicow PH (Holistic Coalition of the Willing)

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Banana earrings
P2,200

Jeepney pin/pendant
P2,750

These are “zero-waste” accessories, as the stones used in the designs of the accessories are the bits and pieces that come from putting the same stones in bigger pieces. The jewelry and accessories are designed by Cebu-based jewelry designer, Strozzi.

Lokal Home

nolisoli artefino listFrida Kahlo hand-painted chair with Sagada-woven cloth
P42,000

Aside from these quirky chairs, they also have hand-painted denim jackets which feature faces of well-known personalities such as Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn, and more.

Micki Olaguer

Mother of pearl dangling earrings
P7,000 to P9,000

Micki Olaguer, a certified Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Accredited Jewellery Professional, has won awards from the LOOK of Style Awards by Inquirer Lifestyle, Red Box Design Competition at Manila FAME 2015, and she also represented the country as one of the exhibitors at the International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week in 2016.

Abra Ethnic Art

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nolisoli artefino listWall-decor embroidered tapestry
P25,000

Features images of the “Am-amma” or the culture of Abra. The hand-embroidery, called kinamayan, show images of Abra myths and other famous sights in Abra, such as the caves and tunnels, as well as the Gabriela Silang statue. Each piece takes more than 2 months to create.

Hacienda Crafts

nolisoli artefino listTiger grass trays made by Negros farmers
P400 each for small tray
P465 each for large tray

 

Anthill Fabric Gallery

Reversible kapa
P4,999

The jacket, which they call the “kapa” can be worn at least eight different ways.

 

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Weaved/Modern Filipiniana
P6,999

Featuring weaves from local communities, the dress comes in the shape of a Filipiniana, complete with butterfly sleeves.

Bidibidi

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Woven bags from Baao, Camarines Sur. With quirky designs like the “Yayoi,” (P1,400) which has colorful knitted balls all over (inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama), and the Garden of Eden (P2,800), which looks like a flower basket.

 

ArteFino runs until Sept. 2, Sunday, at 8 Rockwell.

 

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