The fusion of native culture into modern things we use everyday, like a constant reminder of our artistic roots.
When I met up with Maura and Mariel the other week, the two women behind local brand Vela Manila, I knew immediately that they have a good thing going. They’re fresh grads who both decided to continue their then college project into a business of their own.
With conversations over coffee, I saw something about them that oozes of love for adventure and culture and our country. It was refreshing. And it overflowed naturally into their brand and line of products, which features traditional Filipino artistry, preserving it and blending it into our everyday.
Here are my favorites from their recent collection:
Envelope clutch in Beige, Fabric: T’Nalak, T’boli Tribe, Lake Sebu, South Cotobato, P899
The best thing about their clutch: built-in wallet, pockets and straps for all the essentials!
Tablet case in Ochre, fabric: T’nalak Fabric from T’boli Tribe, South Cotobato, P750
Taco in Beige, Fabric: Native Fabric, Benguet; Yakan Fabric, Yakan Tribe, Basilan, P150
Laptop sleeve in cream, Fabric:Natural Dyed Abaca, Argao, Cebu, P999
Travel Notebook in Black, Fabric: T’Nalak, T’boli Tribe, Lake Sebu, South Cotobato, P750
Maura mentioned that the patterns in the weave work were an interpretation of the maker’s dreams. This particular fabric was of mountains, also interchangeable with waves, which I prefer more too.