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Taste.Company | MaArte at the Pen: An Intimate Fair with Only the Best 31

MaArte at the Pen: An Intimate Fair with Only the Best 31

August 8, 2017 7:00 pm by Cheenee Otarra
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Colorful, embroidered indigenous woven textiles, custom brews of tea, bespoke artisan fragrances, unique jewelry and home accessories – these are just some of the treasures you can expect to find at the MaArte at the Pen, happening on August 11-13, 2017 at The Gallery, The Peninsula Manila.

Out of hundreds of merchants who applied to be part of the MaArte Fair, only 31 have been selected to showcase world-class Filipino craftsmanship. From custom furniture, fashion and travel accessories, to beauty, and artisanal gourmet selections, MaArte at the Pen offers only the extraordinary.

Now on its 9th year, MaArte at the Pen is an annual fundraiser of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Inc. (MFPI) in support of the National Museum. Proceeds will fund MFPI’s programs, including those for the National Museum.

From the list of 31, here are some of what we are most excited about:

1. Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders take on a colorful approach at the inabel cloth. A brand that aims to raise awareness about the beauty of the craft that is the Philippine Abel weaving, Beyond Borders create hand-woven blankets from the Ilocos region of the Philippines. The blankets, perfect for the home or the beach, are made in a tradition of weaving that is passed down through generations.


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2. Creative Definitions

The fine bone china porcelain from Creative Definitions are great for any home because of its classic and minimal look. Established in 2008 with the basic idea of making available Philippine-made, export quality products in the local market, Creative Definitions offer calados laser cut wood items, bone china porcelain, bamboo trays and laminated gifts made from Negros Island.


3. Filip+Inna

The favorite of the Vice President herself, Filip+Inna has one of the most innovative and fashionable take on the indigenous textiles of the Philippines. Wearing their pieces evokes so much pride as they are truly Filipino creations brought from the hinterlands. The T’boli craftsmanship is impeccable!




4. Haute Home Manila

Haute Home Manila offers intricately handmade and hand- painted tableware and home accents, which are all made in the Philippines. The Aurora Coral Plate Chargers in gold are currently its best seller and a favorite among stylists – and there’s no need to ask why when you see it below.  We just hope there’s enough for all of us!


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5. Micki Olaguer

Winner of the top prize at the Look Style Awards 2016, Micki Olaguer is an Accredited Jewellery Professional of the Gemological Institute of America, where she specialized in colored stones. Olaguer has indeed been an award-winning jeweler. Her favorite material to work with is Mother of Pearl, and her whimsical and creative pieces are must-haves!

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6. N Lagdameo Jewelry

Inspired by Philippine heirlooms and artifacts she encountered as an interior designer, Natalya Lagdameo decided to create her own designs utilizing original components such as tamburin beads, relicarios, crosses and chain pattern alongside tribal pieces like mother of pearl, wood and bone . Compositions made from brass, bronze, silver, gold paired with shell, pearls, stones and local weaves like piña and jusi, the collection takes on a distinct personality very much like our own mix of the old traditions and currents sensibilities.


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7. Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation / Ancestral Crafts

Palawan is known for its pristine white-sand beaches and karst formation, but did you know that export quality piña is also being produced in the province? The Rurungan sa Tubod Foundation (RSTF), a non-profit organization, is based in the City of Puerto Princesa. Ancestral Crafts, a division of the Foundation, produces fashion and home accessories made from hand woven fabric and traditional design applications.

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8. TALI Handmade

All TALI products make use of unconventional raw materials, woven together to create a kaleidoscope of patterns through traditional crochet techniques. Each product´s unique design is embellished with premium hardware and accessories to create a range of artisanal products suited for today´s modern lifestyle. TALI is able to merge quality production and design with the principles of sustainability. They have even taught weaving techniques to women inmates of a city jail in the country to make some of their bags.

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Photos courtesy of MaArte

You should also try out specialty teas by two of the 31 merchants, Tsaa Laya and da.u.de. These teas have been specially made for MaArte at the Pen.

In addition to the exhibitors, there will also be an exciting new collateral event called MaArTEA Talks – a series of conversations with select exhibitors offering their personal entrepreneurial narratives and insights.

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