Building on our experience around the world, and more specifically in Southeast Asia, Crafting Futures seeks to establish new projects and mutual learning between the creative sectors of the UK, the Philippines and the world.

The Philippines is a country with a vibrant and diverse culture, as reflected in its cultural heritage and emerging practices of artisans today. While there are various reports on the wider craft industries in the Philippines, the British Council identified a need for an updated study on handloom weaving given the sector’s motivations to reinvent and propel itself into the local and global craft scene.

Crafting Futures: Sustaining handloom weaving in the Philippines

We commissioned MUNI, a Philippine-based sustainable communications consultancy, to conduct this study. The research presents insights on the and how it is being impacted by global trends.

Based on in-depth interviews with stakeholder groups across the country, the study provides a holistic picture on handloom weaving in the Philippines. It analyses the different value chains within the sector, as well as the power-interest correlation of its players amid cultural, economic and psychological factors shaping the handloom weaving industry. 

In addition to informing our Crafting Futures arts programming, we believe the study is a significant contribution to the existing knowledge base on the state of the craft sector in the Philippines.

The British Council is pleased to share the Crafting Futures report; we sincerely hope that it will serve as a valuable reference for artisans, designers, entrepreneurs and other decision makers as we continue to co-create a sustainable future for and through craft.

Executive summary

The report’s Executive Summary can be downloaded here. This contains information about the study’s methodological framework and a summary of findings.

Full report

The full report, ‘Crafting Futures: Sustaining handloom weaving in the Philippines’ can be downloaded here. The report consists of the research objectives, framework and design, presentation of analysis and data, summary of findings and recommendations.

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