By Nikka Garriga
BACOLOD CITY, NEGROS OCCIDENTAL— The Reyes House of Piña built its name by as part of the local wedding industry in Bacolod and its neighboring provinces for its hand-woven piña cloth.
Founded by the late Theodora Conanan-Reyes more than 10 years ago, the business started out by selling piña sourced from Kalibo.
The province of Aklan is dubbed the biggest producer of the piña fabric hand weaved using crude wooden or bamboo handloom, a method passed on for centuries.
Reyes House of Piña is known for its piña fabric that is all hand made from the weaving to the embroidering of intricate traditional and ethnic designs.
The refined quality of this indigenous textile has established the appeal for the piña cloth to international and famed designers like Valentino, Donna Karan and Josie Natori.
In the domestic market, Reyes House of Piña supplies to Bacolod-based fashion designers including John-John Ditching and Tony de Ramos.
“From piña fiber, our product lines have come to include table accessories like mats and coasters, bags and fans which all feature our signature material,” explains Assistant Manager Ruby Gealon-Reyes.
Reyes House of Piña is also a member of The Negros Showroom, a social enterprise group of Negrense small and established businesses that help generate jobs for thousands of families.
“We have a small community of sugar cane planters who help us with the embroidery process. In turn, they also receive the much-needed training so they gain new skills as well,” Ruby says.
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