Ang Pamana is the Tagalog noun for the heritage, the legacy, or the inheritance.
Through exhibiting her collection of museum quality contemporary Filipino Textiles, Chiara aims to preserve Filipino cultural heritage, keep the legacy of traditional Filipino weavers alive, and educate the diaspora of Filipinos about their cultural inheritance.

The Collection

The Filipino Textile exhibit serves to link Filipinos in the USA and Filipinos in the Philippines by showcasing their shared culture and heritage through a visual display of a variety of fabrics and a discussion of this living tradition. It will explore Philippine ancestral weaves produced by different communities today. These weaves have been handed down from generation to generation and hold great cultural and historical significance to the Filipino people. By exhibiting, this collection aims to preserve Filipino cultural heritage, keep the legacy of traditional Filipino weavers alive, and educate the diaspora of Filipinos about their cultural inheritance.

HABI The Philippine Textile Council and Chiara Cox carefully curated this collection of museum quality contemporary textiles to showcase pieces made of piña (pineapple fiber), abaca (leaf fiber), cotton, and bridal satin from different weaving traditions in the three major regions of the Philippines: Luzon in the north, the Visayas in the middle, and Mindanao in the south. 

LUZON

From Luzon, the collection includes textiles from the west coast around Vigan (Ilocos), the mountains around Baguio (Bontoc, Gaddang, Ifugao). 

VISAYAS

From the Panay Islands in the Visayas, we have piña textiles from Aklan used for the Philippine national dress and textiles from the western province of Iloilo.

MINDANAO

From the south in Mindanao, we have Abaca Ikat from the Bagobo, B'laan, and T'boli, and other textiles from the Tausug and Yakan).

Please contact Chiara Cox if you are interested in exhibiting this textile collection.

Upcoming Events

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the US achievements and contributions of people from around 75 countries that include Asia (East, Southeast, and South Asia) and the Pacific Islands (Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.)  The Philippines is a country that is in Southeast Asia and it's people are Pacific Islanders.

Join Charlotte Museum of History for AAPI Heritage Month!

This family-friendly event will introduce you to the diverse fabrics of the Philippines, and explore Filipino culture in the Carolinas. In addition to educational discussions, the event will include music, dancing, food, and more! Time subject to change; stay tuned for details!

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Explore Historic Filipino Textile Making

Accompanied by the exhibit curator, Chiara Cox, we will explore two short documentaries about Philippine ancestral weaving produced by different communities today. The films will introduce various Filipino textile-making cultures and emphasize the importance of preserving these important traditions. Your registration will include refreshments and snacks.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2024

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Threaded Traditions Exhibit in Charlotte, NC is sponsored by Arthaland, the Charlotte Museum of History, and the Filipino American Community of the Carolinas, Inc.