By Sally R. Villasis
The Aklan State University (ASU), in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology VI (DOST VI), conducted a training on Hand Embroidery for Piña Cloth on September 25-27, 2012 at the ASU Research and Development Services Conference Room, Banga, Aklan.
The training aimed at capacitating the players involved in piña fiber processing specifically on hand embroidery.
Some 17 out-of-school youths, housewives, students and faculty attended the training.
In his speech, the University President, Dr. Danilo E. Abayon emphasized the vital roles of the Piña Industry key players in the province of Aklan in the preservation and promotion of the elegant and unique piña cloth renowned as the “Queen of all Fabrics.”
He likewise, encouraged the participants to maximize the valuable opportunity given to them through the training.
Prof. Arlene B. Dela Cruz, faculty member of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) discussed the value and importance of embroidery.
Through the training, the participants were equipped with the knowledge and understanding of the value and importance of embroidery. They were primarily taught of the skills on hand embroidery.
The training is a component of the DOST Regional Office 6 funded project, Natural Fibers Technology Resource Center (NFRTC), spearheaded by the Project Leader and College of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) Dean, Dr. Lelisa J. Teodosio.
In her message, Dr. Teodosio highlighted the significance of hand embroidery for the beautiful piña cloth that is sought after by famous fashion designers and couturiers.
“Today, only few people have persevered in preserving the craft of hand embroidery due to modernity and lack of interest to learn the art among the younger generation. There is a need to hand-over the skill among younger people like the out-of-school youths and housewives,” Teodosio added.
Mrs. Aster U. Oliva, Science Research Specialist II, who represented DOST RO 6 Director and DOST Aklan Provincial Office Director expressed the Agency’s full support for the project as well as to other science and technology undertakings of the University.
Prof. Alexander I. Ramos, Director of Extension and Community Services stressed that being engaged in piña fiber processing particularly in hand embroidery is a great opportunity to earn more income.