The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) conducts a consultative forum with the Cebu creative industry stakeholders on June 18, 2018 to discuss the potential establishment of Regional Yarn and Innovation Center in Cebu under the i2TELA (Inclusive Innovation – Textiles Empowering Lives Anew) program of the institute.


DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and PTRI Director Celia Elumba facilitate the discussion of this initiative to solicit insights from the stakeholders and partners in Cebu.


Prior to the forum, Secretary de la Peña visited the loom weaving facility of Cebu Interlace Weavers of Mr. Francis Dravigny. Interlace has been at the forefront in the development of tropical materiality for over 20 years. Since then, they have produced thousands of iterations of different fabrics incorporating abaca, raffia, and other tropical fibers. Their materials are used by clients such as Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton throughout interiors around the world.


The Cebu creative sector is indeed would welcome this initiative and highlighted that Cebu is the right place to have this yarn innovation center based on the strength of Cebu as a creative hub being home to many design innovators in furniture, jewelry, home textiles, not to mention the robust design and social entrepreneurs who have started out from the province/city and the presence of related innovation centers such as DOST-ECCP’s Materials Innovation Centre (MATIC) and UP FabLab.


The stakeholders present to DOST natural fabric industry challenges such as fiber knotting, low supply of raw materials, technology needs, sources of natural dyes, need for growing of silk, product development among others.


Secretary de la Peña instructed the Cebu creative sector to further discuss with PTRI and DOST 7 the specific technology needs of the province that can be featured in the yarn innovation center.


The innovation center for yarns and textiles is PTRI’s facility which develops indigenous fibers into high-value yarns and fabrics for a range of textile applications.


Among the stakeholders present are representatives from Philippine Fiber Development Authority (PhilFIDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), Cebu Technological University, Argao hablon weavers group, Fashion Institute of Design and Arts, Zoological Society of London-Philippines, Francis Dravigny of Interlace, Altum, Nature’s Legacy.


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written by: DOST PSTC CEBU