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Rapha Camcam falls in love with homegrown fabrics

Raphaelle Victoria Camcam is an 18-year-old aspiring designer from Brent International School Manila. She has always believed in the timeless appeal of Filipino fabrics like inabel. During her visit to the Pinto Art Museum, Dr. Joven R. Cuanang saw how interested she was in buying fabrics from the museum. He walked up to her and asked, “Is fashion what you want to take up in college?” Without thinking twice she said, “Yes, yes it is.” And he said, “Well, you are doing the fashion show on the 14th of February.” Dr. Cuanang didn’t even ask if Rapha was interested. He just made a statement and from there she started working on the pieces using inabel made by Magdalena Gamayo.

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“I often get asked by people on what inspires me to make use of such materials,” said Raphaelle. “Honestly, it’s our local talented hand weavers who encourage me. They work so hard and put so much effort into what they do. Aside from that, I love indigenous patterns because it allows me to think out of the box!”

Come February 14, she debuted her “Raphaelle and Maint,” collection at Pinto Art Museum.  Aside from clothes made from inabel, the models also wore rattan jewelry made by Tina Bonoan. A silent auction followed the showcase for the benefit of the weaving industry in Pinili, Ilocos Norte.

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“I want to create pieces that will appeal to both the younger and older generations,” shared Raphaelle. “I want to share my designs with everyone and make them see what I fell in love with – our own Filipino weaving industry and our indigenous materials.”

She added, “We can use our native materials for high fashion. It’s not just Filipino made, but Philippine made.”

Rapha Camcam is definitely someone to watch out for in the years to come, because she will make you fall in love with Inabel and Filipino craftsmanship.


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