Kandama’s latest collection entitled "The Emancipation of Maria Clara" will be launched at New York Fashion Week S/S 2023, powered by Rise NYFW. The launch will take place on Friday, September 9th, 4:30 PM and will feature a dynamic fashion experience with other talented designers. The venue will be at Studio Arte, 265 West 37th Street, New York, NY, United States.
Kandama’s latest collection is an homage to the journey of the Filipino woman who has been adapting to the changes necessary for her to claim her prominent role in society and the World as opposed to the original Maria Clara archetype, which was a myth perpetuated by the Spaniards in order to subjugate strong powerful women who existed before they arrived.
By showcasing at NYFW, we get to share on a global platform our unique point of view as an indigenous cultural enterprise of what an empowered Filipino woman looks like, in the board room, the bedroom and everything in between.
Kandama is a social enterprise that was incubated under the Young Social Entrepreneurs Program of the Singapore International Foundation in 2016. Its mission includes providing economic opportunities to indigenous women, preserving the tradition of handloom weaving, and helping the community protect the environment that sustains the rice terraces, specifically in Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao.
Kandama applies commercial strategies to make its social impact sustainable. As such, it co-creates with the weavers in making artisanal garments that appeal to the global market. Kandama connects the weavers to the global market by participating in trade shows and by showcasing its products in fashion shows in New York, Paris, Melbourne and Hong Kong, among many others.
About the Designer
Victor Baguilat Jr. is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer who was featured in Vogue Italia and was nominated as International Designer of the Year at the International Indigenous Arts and Fashion Awards in Toronto, Canada in 2020. His works were featured in New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Melbourne Fashion Week, and in various other fashion events around the world.
He is the CEO and Creative DIrector of Kandama Social Enterprise, which is an artisanal fashion brand that provides economic opportunities to indigenous women, preserves the tradition of handloom weaving, and help the community protect the environment that sustains the rice terraces, specifically in Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao.