The Philippines hosts Festival International Des Textiles Xxtra Ordinaires (FITE), France's biggest and most prestigious festival dedicated to textiles from July 7 to 12, 2015, together with the Renaissance textile exhibit that will be open for public viewing from July 8 to September 12, 2015 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
The Festival International Des Textiles Xxtra Ordinaires (FITE) or The International Festival of Extra Ordinary Textiles, is France’s biggest and most prestigious international festival dedicated to textiles, bridging indigenous and contemporary designs through the creativity, innovation, and expertise of local and international artists.
Since its launch in the French city of Clermont-Ferrand in 2012 through the initiative of the HS_Projets Association and the Bargoin Museum in France, the festival has gathered fashion designers from all over the world, weavers, artists, collectors, and the general public for a series of activities focused on textiles and celebrate textiles as a representation of culture and heritage.
Foreign and local artists and designers will be participating in a series of workshops, artist talks, and fashion shows. The artists include Armell Barraud, a French expert in the metal lace technique, Carmen Rion, one of Mexico’s well-known designers for her work with indigenous women, Japan’s contemporary bamboo sculptor Ueno Masao, and Kinor Jiang of Hong Kong, who specializes in metallized textiles in collaboration with fellow Hong Kong-based designers Shu Sun, Tsang Fan Yu, and Guoxian Yuan. One of the Philippines’ most recognized fashion designers, Patis Tesoro will also be participating in the FITE in Manila, together with paper cutting artist Ryan Villamael.