Anya Lim is one of a kind. Her bed time stories from her mother were about T’Boli Princesses, the different indigenous groups in the country. Nurtured in an environment of Philippine pride, Anya grew up to be proud of our traditions and wanted to advocate its enrichment. This is the foundation for Alternative Nest and Trading/Training Hub for Ingenious/Indigenous Little Livelihood (ANTHILL).
“I’ve always wanted to start a business but it was very clear to me that it would be a meaningful and purposeful one. ”
Guided by passion and unadulterated love for our culture, Anya aims to close the gap in cultural continuity of our hand-loomed tradition. Through her work, she wants to make weaving relevant in today’s contemporary society and spark interest in the younger generation of weavers to learn and preserve the craft. To achieve that, ANTHILL promotes contemporary weave-wearing to revitalize the industry.
“We want to advocate that our weaves can be worn every day. Historically, our ancestors considered it as their second skin. And to me, that’s very powerful. That what you wear is a reflection of your identity, your heritage, your story.”
And true to her cause, Anya is a proud weave-wearer.
“I like wearing our hand-loomed fabrics. It’s a statement and story piece.”
Essentially a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl, Anya usually spices up her outfit with chic hand-loomed wear from her own line or other statement pieces made in the Philippines.
With a dream to put Philippine textiles on the global map, Anya just concluded a short course in Sweden on sustainable practices and responsible leadership through the Swedish Institute Management Program. She is excited toapply the lessons and tools gained toincrease its production capacity and be able to replicate its model to more weaving communities in the country.
Young, passionatefor social change, and in love with our weaves, Anya is one of the few that—like Bayo—truly promotes our distinctive culture and wants to showcase it on a global scale. And why wouldn’t she? With intricate patterns meticulously loomed by indigenous artisans, our weaves are a symbol a heritage proudly made in the Philippines.
Watch out for the rest of these stories and join Bayo as we celebrate 25 years of culture, fashion and all things “Made in the Philippines.”