I dream of Filipino brands which will be globally recognizable,
Filipino brands that do not leave the poor behind.
I, will produce such a brand.
Akaba products are produced through the practice and application of Inabel weaving, a prized heirloom handed from one Ilocano generation to the next. Through these products, the rich and creative Ilocano culture is preserved. Akaba aims to produce products that are 100% Filipino-made. It showcases the country’s most historically- recognized and lauded bayanihan trait as crafting these bags creates more opportunities for our countrymen. Akaba was set up by Ateneo de Manila graduates led by EJ Mariano, Daniel Lumain, Joseph Pajarillo, and Kristine Ongtengco. It has since blossomed into a Filipino brand that is on its way to becoming globally recognizable and one that brings the poor communities with them as they succeed.
The art of loomweaving has always been part of the culture of various ethnic groups all over the Philippines. Unfortunately, interest in learning the art has waned due to the low market value of handwoven textiles. In recent times, members from indigeneous groups themselves view loomweaving as unprofitable, unequitable, and impractical.
Our company was founded in 2014 to provide an avenue for designers and local artisans to collaborate in the creation of timeless, high quality and high value travel bags. Each piece is designed to highlight the beauty and practical use of handwoven textiles, and the Filipino values of dedicated craftsmanship and hard work. Beyond the local market, our goal is to showcase the best of the Philippines to the rest of the world.
AKABA Ltd. Design Co. is envisioned to be at the forefront in the movement to create global Filipino brands that do not leave the poor behind. Joining us in achieving this vision is GKonomics, a social enterprise development platform of Gawad Kalinga, and HABI: The Philippine Textile Council.
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