Shooting Colors in the Philippines

February 2015 @ MoC

February 4, 2015 @ PhilippineTextileResearchInstitute

We spent few weeks in Manila this winter, immersing in the Filipino culture, shooting colors and hunting words for our ColorCorpus research. It was good fun and we’ll be back to visit the countryside at some point later. Enjoy!

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The Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (PTRI-DOST) has recently released its new publication, Bahaghari: Colors of the Philippines. The 140-page book contains general information on natural dyes and their plant sources and clear, crisp photos of PTRI-developed naturally dyed tropical fabrics in formal ensemble with a twist of elegance worn by participants and delegates to the 8th ASEAN Science and Technology Week (ASTW) in July 2008, Miss Earth 2007 candidates, and some ramp models. Besides the ASTW, the naturally dyed barongs and dresses jazzed up the Bahaghari Fashion Show at the ASTW dinner held at Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Manila and gave zest to the pictorial for the book.

Bahaghari: Colors of the Philippines attaches social connotations with each featured color from natural dyes and illustrates the facets of the Filipino culture. PTRI researchers Julius L. Leaño Jr. and Jenice P. Malabanan co-wrote the book.

BAHAGHARI FESTIVAL @ VisitMyPhilippines

Date : April 25
Venue : Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
Description:
According to an old story, the early settlers of Pinamalayan came from Marinduque. While on their way to Mindoro using their boats, they encountered turbulent weather and lost their direction. They prayed to God Almighty for deliverance and guidance so the weather cleared and a rainbow appeared on the horizon. The crew shouted ipinamalay meaning “it was made known”. They followed the direction of the rainbow and landed at what is now Barangay Lumangbayan and established the first settlement which they named Pinamalayan. The rainbow became the historical landmark of the town. The yearly Bahaghari Festival is a colorful commemoration of the importance of the rainbow in the history of the town of Pinamalayan. The celebration includes a street dancing competition, cultural presentations, religious and cultural activities, products and trade fair. Like the rainbow which rises to give color in the sky after the torrent of rain, the Bahaghari Festival is a reflection of the continuing effort of the people of Pinalamayan that there is truly paradise at the end of the rainbow.

Contact : Office of the Mayor, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro
Telephone No. (043) 284-3146 / 443-1486

Bluer than blue: the revival of Philippine indigo @ Fibre2Fashionindigo dyed pina-seda barong

Philippine indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) is one of the oldest dyes in civilization and one of the most widely used natural dyes in the whole world due to its excellent colorfastness properties. In the Philippines, indigo was once extensively used in the weaving industry including the abel of llocos and the Abrenian fabrics.

The Philippine indigo has been part of the Galleon and Chinese trade in northern Philippines, centuries ago; however, the successful production of cheaper synthetic indigo eased it out of the market and caused its rapid decline not only in the Philippines but also all over the world.

In the Philippines, the former First Lady Amelia “Ming” Ramos initiated the effort to revive indigo dyeing. She became the Patroness of natural dyes and spearheaded the Katutubong Kulay Project of the Katutubong Filipino Foundation in the early 1990’s. The transfer and commercialization of the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) developed technology on indigo in Abra revived and upgraded the age long tradition of using tayum, the local name of indigo in Abra. In fact, a town in Abra was aptly named Tayum, reportedly because of the abundance of naturally growing indigo in the place. Tayum is where Abra’s Natural Dye Center is located.

Read more at Fibre2Fashion

Ang Alamat ng Bahaghari (The Legend of the Rainbow) @ Behance

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Tiled air raid shelter in Aichi hailed as work of art

February 14, 2015 @ JapanTimes

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A private World War II air raid shelter exquisitely lined with colorful tiles has recently been opened to the public in Handa, Aichi Prefecture.

The work of a young tile tradesman facing military conscription, the room is attracting acclaim from historians as unique in cultural value.

Built in the basement of a storehouse owned by house renovator Yoshinoya, it can only be accessed via a special door.

At 2 meters by 3 meters in area and 2 meters high, the shelter can squeeze in 10 adults. The interior is covered with 2-cm square tiles in light pink, green and white.

The shelter was built in 1944 by Yasunori Kato, father of the current Yoshinoya president, 59-year-old Hiroyasu Kato.

Read more at Japan Times

Shooting Colors in Malaysia

December 25, 2014 @ MoC

Hi ! We are here in Kuala Lumpur for few weeks (Dec 2014-January 2015), shooting colors and hunting Malay words for our ColorCorpus project. The Textile Museum in Merdeka square is awesome, must visit, the art galleries and the museums are great, must visit as well. KL is pretty colorful and definitely worth exploring; an easy-going and friendly city it is. We had good fun all our days here.

China’s First Rainbow Tunnel Constructed in Zhengzhou

January 18, 2015 @ Shanghaiist

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An under-construction rainbow tunnel in Zhoumou county of Henan’s Zhengzhou city is the first and only one of its kind in China, according to the construction workers. It’s 400 meters long, has a total investment of nearly 100 million yuan and may or may not have been inspired by the world’s greatest go-kart racing video game.

Read and see more at Shanghaiist