Parsi, Weaving Nature

The expertise of Parsi is focused on the treatment of Abaca fiber, native to the Philippines, and reserve-printed ikat patterns – two techniques essential to the creation of T’nalak fabric. Inspired by ancient Filipino weaving traditions practiced by T’boli tribes, Parsi was founded in 1999 and established their own weaving workshops on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. Some fabrics are sent on to Lyon for ennobling via stamping, calendering and metallic coating, thus benefiting from French savoir-faire.
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Each piece is handwoven on traditional looms, and variations in color are due to seasonal changes as well as the varying harvest locations of the natural fibers used. These slight differences give each bolt of fabric an artisanal, unique vibe.
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By incorporating leather, copper, chrome and threads created from recycled plastic bottles, Parsi does not only contribute to the preservation of Filipino heritage and its rarefied crafts but also reinvigorates the weaves, which are traditionally done with fibers such as Abaca, Buntal (banana), pina (pineapple) and raffia.
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From February 10-12, 2015, Parsi participates in Maison d’Exceptions, the space at Première Vision dedicated to haute création.
Photo Credits: Parsi