#SupportLocal Likhang Maragondon: Heritage In Your Hands, Crafted With Purpose
Original Article by: Out of Town Blog
Date: March 22, 2021
As we stay at home during this quarantine season, it’s always a good idea to do worthwhile activities, such as redecorating your home. Not only is it a fun thing to do, but it’s also a way to freshen and liven up your sanctuary while keeping safe and sound. If you’re planning to do so, why not shop local and buy local handicrafts?
Likhang Maragondon, a handicraft shop from Cavite, makes all sorts of eco-friendly items from handwoven masks, table runners, to crochet accessories. With the tagline “Heritage in your hands. Crafted with a purpose,” this local business is a native enterprise that uses the talents of skilled Maragondon-based artisans in crafting unique traditional items that are sustainable and proudly Pinoy.
Through their impeccable craftsmanship, Likhang Maragondon creates beautiful local goods made out of pure artistic prowess and a goal to preserve their tradition. Here are some of them:
Handwoven Face Mask
Habing Maragondon is made from antique wooden looms made by the last three weavers of Maragondon. It is also the first local hand-woven face mask that conformed to the DOST-PTRI, DOH-PHST, and WHO, and has undergone several tests conducted by DOST-PTRI to ensure that the mask adhered to the recommended minimum specifications for non-medical face masks for community use.
Their Habing Maragondon collection has several face mask designs that you’ll love, named after positive Filipino attitudes such as Magiting, Mayumi, Mapagmahal, Makabayan, and Matapat.
Now, listening to music can be made sustainable as well! Meet Likhang Maragondon’s Bamboo Speaker, which is one of our favorites as it’s a double purpose item as a speaker, and as a table accent. This eco-friendly speaker is carved by bamboo craftsmen from Maragondon, too. It has a slit in the center where you can place your phone and play music as it amplifies the sound. It’s affordable and very easy to use–no more charging, batteries, and tangly wires needed!
Spruce up your living area with these Habing Maragondon throw pillowcases! These aesthetic pillowcases make the perfect item to beautify your sofa with its beautiful patterns. These pillowcases come in different colors, so you can choose which one would complement your living space’s palette. Its unique, traditional design perfectly stands out as a decorative element in your lovely home.
Another accent piece that’ll definitely catch anyone’s attention is this Bamboo Lantern, also crafted by the skilled craftsmen of Maragondon. This gorgeous decorative lantern can be used in many different ways. It can be a candleholder, a plant container, or you can also just display it as it is! It’s a perfect centerpiece whether indoors or outdoors with its simple yet elegant design.
Likhang Maragondon also sells other useful and artful items such as table runners, refrigerator and water dispenser covers, bags, poncho, scarf, and more. If you’re a fan of artistic and traditional handcrafted and handwoven items, Likhang Maragondon is worth every penny spent. Aside from getting great quality pieces, you’ll be able to support local businesses, local artisans, and weavers’ livelihood, and help keep their well-kept traditions alive.