Weaving Peace and Dreams: Textile Arts of Mindanao

Event has passed (Mon Sep 18, 2017 - Fri Nov 24, 2017)
The Mills Building and Tower
Sept 18 - Nov 24, 5am to 6pm Weekdays


Sept 18 - Nov 24, 5am to 6pm Weekdays

From September 18 to November 24, 2017, The Hinabi Project (THP) brings to San Francisco a unique collection of textile work from the island group of Mindanao, The Philippines, curated in the historic and architectural landmark, The Mills Building & Tower in San Francisco, California.

This work comes from the Mindanao weaving communities of -- Bagobo, B'laan, Higaonon, Magindanao, Mandaya, Maranao, T'boli, Tausug, and Yakan. Traditional weaving was circumscribed by much ritual and ceremonies of the life cycle -- birth, marriage, death -- and the fabrics produced were meant to address these ceremonial needs. Weaving was also a contemplative and peaceful endeavor for the women in these communities.

Contemporary weavers now struggle with traditional needs and the demands of local and tourist markets, marked by social and political conditions less conducive to the peaceful production of these fabrics. With this transformation in the continuity of indigenous weaving traditions, the legacy of heritable designs and techniques, and the self-pride and worth of work are a cause for concern. THP hopes to highlight the possibility of evolving newer concepts of design and work through this exhibition, thereby to encourage other designers, weaving artisans with inspired pupils, and scholars to talk about their future direction. The goal is not just the survival of weaving craft but also the sustainability and continuation of a living tradition by people with rich intellectual and deep artistic knowledge of their craft in this age of commodification, conflict, and globalization.

As part of the exhibition launch, the National Commission for Culture & the Arts of the Philippines (NCCA) is sponsoring dancers from these weaving communities to perform at several San Francisco venues.


  1. The Mills Building and Tower

    220 Montgomery Street/220 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA