Ifugao / Philippines / Fashion, Textiles
Victor Mari Baguilat Jr. is an Indigenous fashion designer whose works have been featured in Paris Fashion Week, Melbourne Fashion Week, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival and more. He is a finalist of the Young Social Entrepreneurs Program of the Singapore International Foundation and has been recognized by the Development Bank of Singapore and the National University of Singapore as 100 social enterprises in Asia to watch (2018). Kandama is a social enterprise that aims to empower Indigenous women specifically those in Ifugao, Philippines. To date, Kandama has trained 29 rice and vegetable farmers in the traditional art of handloom weaving. Through innovative product design and various collaborations, Kandama creates artisanal products that express the timeless elegance of Indigenous art for the cosmopolitan woman.