Filipino Textile and Weaving Traditions - Mountain Province, Brooklyn

EXPLORE Filipino weaving and textile traditions from Southern Philippines and support weavers and artisans continue to share their stories. Yakang Yaka supports indigenous tribes through a collaboration with Habi Textile Council. MEET Kelly Mortensen of Yakang Yaka and Cynthia Alberto, weaving and textile expert and founder of Weaving Hand, a healing arts foundation and weaving studio located in Brooklyn, NY. Yakang Yaka x Weaving Hand will discuss and explore ideas around developing newer modernized looms for weavers to help become more efficient, sustainable and a collective that bridges traditional techniques with innovative ideas in contemporary textile arts. ENJOY organic coffee from the Philippines and delicious Filipino-inspired treats. 

About the Organizers: 

Yakang Yaka Barter Shop is located in the city of Makati. The shop's contributing artists have built a creative community that finds solace and strength in the practice of weaving despite economic and political challenges in the region. Together they explore both contemporary and traditional weaving techniques.

“We want to keep the tradition of weaving alive through contemporary designs. The weavers are the storytellers through their traditional designs. We assist them by telling their stories through our contemporary outlook.” â€” Kelly Marian Mortensen

Weaving Hand embraces global weaving traditions, fosters working partnerships with an international community of weavers, and operates as a healing arts center. By engaging with artists from both historic weaving, traditional and contemporary fiber arts, Weaving Hand celebrates a fusion of ideas and techniques through travel, studio classes, workshops, outreach programs and exhibitions. As a healing arts center, Weaving Hand uses weaving as a creative tool to enhance a range of development programs for children and adults with intellectual, emotional and physical disabilities.

Mountain Province Espresso Bar: We are a Filipino espresso bar located in East Williamsburg. We feature single-origin organic coffee from the Philippines and delicious baked treats both familiar and new.

PJ Gubatina Policarpio is a creative arts organizer: curator, programmer, and educator. He brings creativity and passion in making art accessible for everyone, creating multiple opportunities for meaningful connections between communities and institutions, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. Central to his practice is promoting diversity, inclusivity and cultural understanding through experiences and interactions with art. PJ's expertise in museum education, curatorial project management, artist relations, event production, and programming has advanced a dynamic roster of artists and collaborators as well as institutions such as Brooklyn MuseumCool CultureFilipino American MuseumQueens Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art. Born in the Philippines and raised in San Francisco, Bay Area, he is currently based in Queens, New York.