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Textilresidenzen Indira Scarf © FOLKDAYS

The Goethe-Institut brings German textile designer Frauke Maier to the Philippines to conduct a one-month residency with the Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation (RSTF), a non-profit textile producer based on the island of Palawan. 

The Goethe-Institut brings German textile designer Frauke Maier to the Philippines to conduct a one-month residency with the Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation (RSTF), a non-profit textile producer based on the island of Palawan.

For almost the whole month of April, Frauke Maier will be working with RSTF’s troupe of weavers to come up with an original textile design inspired by her collaboration with Filipinos which would then be marketed by the foundation for local and international distribution.

This initiative is part of Goethe-Institut’s larger IKAT/eCUT project, which aim to explore the past, present and future of textiles in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand (and Germany). Through its many sub-projects including last year’s Fast Fashion exhibition at the University of the Philippines Diliman, iKat/eCut takes a critical look at the cultural potency of textiles in many different fields – from the arts to design, from tradition to technology.

Frauke Maier is the founder of the label Woolhunter. She started the label after a visit to Bolivia where she experienced first-hand how workers in the production factories of luxury fibers struggled to cope in poverty. Woolhunter aims to start a trend of trade that skips all middlemen to create high-quality goods at fair prices through sustainable and people-friendly production practices. A reversal of the deplorable situation she witnessed in Bolivia, her label strives to do the exact opposite and maintains a firm stance on transparency where everyone – craftsmen, distributors, weavers, even customers – know exactly how much money is spent on producing the goods they are producing or buying. In fact, the price calculation of their products is published in a detailed breakdown on their website.

The non-profit Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation (RSTF) creates an alternative livelihood for women in the more poverty stricken rural areas of Palawan by teaching piña (pineapple) weaving technology. The Foundation also provides the physical and financial infrastructure for these women to engage in this sustainable art form. This endeavor continues to lead to innovations based on the unique looms and weaving methods used in Palawan.