The Philippines, not unlike many countries, has a wealth of artisan talent - communities that create truly unique works of art. Yet this talent is often tucked away in areas hidden from the discerning eyes and hands that can appreciate them for what they’re worth. The markets for their products exist, but geography keeps them separated.
The idea of LIKHÂ started when I passed a row of makers at the town square in my old hometown. They had goods laid out on a large piece of *banig* (a type of handwoven mat commonly found in Filipino households) by the side of the road, gathering dust from passing cars and jeepneys. I picked up a mortar and pestle made of white marble - it was exquisite. The craftsmanship was impeccable. It would have belonged in a luxury gift shop or an expensive kitchen counter. I asked how much it costs and they gave me such an absurdly small amount it left me speechless. I was angry. Flabbergasted. I knew something had to be done.
It’s the season of giving once again, and we're rounding up our favorites
It is all too easy to get swept up in the torrent of bargains, discounts, and deals December brings, even for the more conscious of us. Messages fly at us from all directions - online and off - and eerily they're getting more personalized, more authentic each year.
Scouting for materials and products can get overwhelming.
When we visit communities and see all the beautiful pieces they make, we often feel it doesn’t even matter what we choose, any one of them would find a market that will want to take them home. We wish we could take them all on!