Bianca Gonzalez favors Filipino woven handbags for summer

IMAGE Allan Sancon

Bianca Gonzalez proudly flaunts the Kulon envelope clutch, made from organic and indigenous materials such as upcycled cloth, hand-woven Abaca T'nalak fabric and suede.


TV host and humanitarianism advocate Bianca Gonzalez graciously lent her image for a local fashion brand that aims to promote local products while empowering local artisans.

The brainchild of Rags2Riches Inc., the new line of handcrafted bags was made by women from the poor community of Payatas in Quezon City.

Making use of organic and indigenous materials such as T'nalak— a hand-dyed woven Abaca fabric— the Newel collection showcases the rich heritage of the T'boli tribe of South Cotabato in Mindanao.

The name Newel comes from the T'boli word, which simply means "weave."

All the other bags in this collection are also named after words from the T'boli dialect.

This Spring-Summer 2013 collection of fashionable accessories were launched last March 12 at The Gallery in Greenbelt 5, Makati.

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