Tatler Asia, Meet Mariton Villanueva, the Fashion Designer Championing Botanical Dyes and Upcycled Textiles, Tatler Asia, Meet Mariton Villanueva, the Fashion Designer Championing Botanical Dyes and Upcycled Textiles
This fervent commitment first took form in 2019 when the former fashion student launched her graduation collection, Ritmo ng Paglikha (Rhythm of Creation). The inaugural collection was an immediate success, showcased at Lao Fashion Week and France’s International Festival of Extraordinary Textiles (FITE) to name a few.
“From there it just grew, unravelled, and developed as I continue to learn from my surroundings, different people, traditions, and cultures”, Villanueva recalls. A disciple of creators from Mali to New Mexico and of course, famed artists and Master Dyers throughout the Philippines, her works are dynamic artefacts of her evolving artistry. She beams: “I believe that art and fashion are circular, my works flow with cycles within nature and people. My medium is nature and scraps; my creative process is very much inspired by history, science, culture, and botany; my designs are filled with movement.”
Located in Fairview, Quezon City, Villanueva’s studio is the birthplace of her eclectic designs: artworks, clothing, bridals, accessories, home goods, and more, most of which are one-of-one pieces. “Textile is everywhere,” she states. “Art is a form of service of love, from land to textile, serving people and communities while upholding and sharing tradition. . .my experience with art and fashion has been both exciting and intimidating.”
Learn more about Villanueva, Himaya, and the storied past of the heritage art form, below:
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