There are a thousand and one choices at the Negros Trade Fair. A whole slew of products that are well designed and meticulously handcrafted abound. You’ll surely find that ideal gift for that person who’s so hard to shop for. And you’ll be guaranteed that it will be something unique. Several of the merchandise you will find is also made from materials that would normally be thrown away. With an eco-friendly attitude instilled among the manufacturers, materials are maximized and recylcled.
Unique items that you won’t usually find in the malls. Home decor and home utilities are just some of the novelty things you can shop and give as gifts this coming Christmas.
Chic mosaic multi-purpose tray that’s sleek and functional.
Loving the statement pieces!
Several members of the Association of Negros Producers (ANP) have unique bags and accessories to offer that can fulfill your distinctive tastes and preferences. No matter what trend wave you wish to follow, there’s surely something you will find.
You have a choice from a plethora of bags in all shapes, sizes and all creatively designed. There are the unique works of Papel Handicrafts that use recycled paper. Or you can opt for the dainty bags made by DJD. Crisvil offers ingenious creations too. If your tastes are more for the casual woven types of bags, check out the creations of Kiculo. There are just too many choices to mention.
I want that green cuff.
Of course, every woman wants to accessorize with baubles, bangles, and beads. The colorful bangles made by Chievs are something you should check out. Kiculo’s bangles are the perfect touch to a casual outfit. Crisvil’s intricate necklaces are also a find.
The trade fair will also offer different organic beauty products that are proudly made in Negros!
Aside from home and beauty products, apparel will also be available.
Ines Moda Infantil is one of the apparel exhibitors. It is the brainchild of Isabel Lovina – Isa to friends – which she named after her daughter, Ines. She set up a backyard operation in the early ‘80s, inspired by the fond memories she had of her grandmother teaching young mothers how to cut and sew dresses for their children. This, aside from the fact that she couldn’t find any clothes that she wanted her children to wear. She also wanted to provide livelihood to farm workers at their sugar plantation when the sugar industry suffered a crisis.
In this modern world filled with machine mass production, the fashions of Ines Moda Infantil truly stand out as they feature 100% hand smocking and embroidery. Negrense embroiders have long been famed for the high quality of this craft. “What sets us apart is that all our products feature hand crafted smocking and embroidery” Andrea Aguilar, general manager and niece of Isabel, proudly exclaims. “Unlike China and other brands that produce machine-made smocks, ours is truly unique,” she adds, “Some of the clothes that the children in our family have worn have been passed on to the next generation.” – proof of the quality and durability of their products.
Ines’ product line is children’s apparel with European inspired design and highlighted with 100% handmade smocking and embroidery. They produce an array of apparel ranging from play clothes to party frocks and special occasion dresses. They, too, produce flower girl dresses, baptismal gowns, and boy suits.
In addition to what they currently produce, they are developing new products that make use of their retazos. They aim to minimize waste and achieve eco-friendly manufacturing.
Ines has always been present at each Negros Trade Fair held every year and has been met with great enthusiasm. In fact, regular patrons of the trade fair come and look for Ines Moda Infantil specifically. Mothers would be well-advised to come and troop to Negros Trade Fair to find such beautiful and unique creations just perfect for their children.
Undoubtedly, Ines Moda Infantil is one of the many true success stories that abound among the members of the Association of Negros Producers.
The Association of Negros Producers (ANP) was established during the sugar crisis in the 1980’s and Negros was hard hit being then solely dependent on sugar. The goal of the ANP was to find ways to provide other means of livelihood for the many displaced sugar workers. By establishing their manufacturing businesses, they were able to make workers less dependent on the unstable sugar industry. With the growth of the ANP and consequently the Negros Trade Fair, the goal to provide employment without dependence on sugar has resulted to sustainability of employment and livelihood.
I’ve always preferred muscovado sugar with my coffee but I haven’t tried the rocks. I’m equally excited to try the Negros Island Rainforest organic coffee. It smells greatly of gourmet coffee that is imported and quite pricey. I hope it taste like, if not better than it! 🙂