Tints and Tones Fashion Crafts

Creativity and style in handicrafts from Naga City

I have great respect for entrepreneurs who, despite their life situation, doesn’t see these as hindrances but as challenges and then really make things happen. In the course of being in Naga City, upon the invitation of the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO), two businesses were introduced to us bloggers: a young entrepreneur and a social development program that engages (mostly) women in the community. Both produce stylish products made from readily made materials or items that people doesn’t think much of.

Roxannie Joy Mratinez-Simo, the owner and designer of these handcrafted accessories made with pili

Roxannie Joy Martinez-Simo, the owner and designer of these handcrafted accessories made with pili

Roxannie Joy Martinez-Simo is a young entrepreneur and together with her husband, has created stylish fashion accessories. But what makes their products interesting is the use of pili shells together with wires, threads, beads and other commonly available materials to come up with beautiful necklaces, earrings and other accessories.

The result? Intuitive fashion accessories that capitalizes on Bicol’s known product, the pili, mostly discarded shells and fashions these into intricate but beautiful items. It’s really a simple idea and with a little creativity, are works of art.

Tints and Tones Fashion Crafts
#32 Lerma St.,
Naga City
+63 947 8392201

Necklaces with pili parts

Necklaces with pili parts

Materials and tools in preparing the accessories

Materials and tools in preparing the accessories

Stylized necklaces made from pili shells, wires and such

Stylized necklaces made from pili shells, wires and such

Cut pieces from pili shells

Cut pieces from pili shells

I love the texture of this handcrafted bags

I love the texture of this handcrafted bags

The second enterprise is comprised of indigent folks from Barangay Tinago, mostly women. Conceptualized by the Barangay Captain when there was an infestation of water hyacinth, The Tinago Water Hyacinth handicraft Development Association gathers these plants and dries the stems. These are then processed to become beautiful handcrafted bags, boxes, and decors.

I love the texture of the water hyacinth stems and I do hope that they can find a way to make texture paper out of it that can be used in special applications or even as wallpaper.

Tinago Water Hyacinth Handicraft Development Association
Tinago Barangay Hall
Isarog Ave., Tinago
Naga City
+63 946 7373010
https://www.facebook.com/TIWHHADA/

Stylish bags made from the same material

Stylish bags made from the same material

Left, small boxes made from water hyacinth; right, dried stalks that will be processed

Left, small boxes made from water hyacinth; right, dried stalks that will be processed

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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    March 14, 2015 @ 19:38

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