Awed with the country’s pineapple textile and silk weaving industry, Designer Elodie Brunet joined the Runungan sa Tubod Foundation Inc., a group which aims to widen the weaving industry in Palawan.

Brunet, famed for designing scarves for Christian Dior, created wonderful designs of tablerunners, cushions, placemats, and tablecloths from pineapple textiles.

She named these light-weight creations Sli-On, a T’Boli word that refers to objects that are practically useless but priceless because of their elegance.

The collection, displayed in the glass wing of the Ayala Museum in Makati City, presented the festival theme, United in Diversity, rather clearly with her mix of postmodernist designs showing Paris’ bright lights and Palawan’s traditional weaving.

Brunet is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs. She first came to the Philippines in 2001 to make her finals school project. Her project, titled “Imperceptible Philippines,” was a collection of textiles for the body and home. Brian P. Sales

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