AKABA ® is founded on years of research, community development work and creative collaboration between industry professionals, aspiring social entrepreneurs, and designers from all over the world.
We take pride in Filipino
Our company was founded in 2014, through our shared vision of a world-class Filipino brand, with cultural heritage at its very core.
Our company is built around the principle of “bayanihan.” Simply put, our success and growth go hand-in-hand with the improvement of the lives of our weavers. Our commitment towards our social impact is geared for sustainable change through long-term engagements.
Bridging cultural heritage with urban sensibilities is done by understanding the values and experiences shared by our weavers and customers. Together, we weave a story of hard work and resilience, and create a product that truly represents what it is to be Filipino.
Promoting Fair Trade
We work with weaving cooperatives to train and employ artisans from impoverished communities to promote Filipino culture around the world.
AKABA has partnered with various weaving communities throughout the Philippine archipelago, providing them with the necessary support to pave way for their sustainability and the continuity of their artistic profession.
In Ilocos Norte, AKABA has spearheaded a livelihood program to educate residents of Gawad Kalinga Namnama Village in the art of inabel. Together with master loom weaver Charito Carriaga and the Philippine Textile Research Institute, we are working towards preserving the prized weaving technique as a means to bring over 30 families in the village out of poverty in 10 years.
AKABA also supports existing weaving communities in Ilocos Norte, Isabela Province, Oriental Mindoro, Zamboanga, Basilan, and Sulu through fair trade. Our company sources directly from weavers, at market price, often twice, or up to four times the rate as purchased by local traders and other clients. We believe doing so recognizes the hard work put into each piece while promoting the learning of the art in local communities.
As our company grows, our partnerships become stronger and our impact, wider. #TeamAKABA travels all over the Philippines looking for more weavers and communities to partner with, as we produce even more products.