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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, September 22, 2014
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Women trained in synthetic dyeing

Twenty women completed their 3-day training seminar on Basic Synthetic Dyeing Thursday in Kabankalan City conducted by the City and the Department of Science and Technology.

The training was in four stages: fiber, scouring, bleaching and dyeing. The participants were members of the Fiber Industry and Development Program of Kabankalan City.

Gladyser Diego, group coordinator, said they are participating in a trade fair in Manila this year. The FIDP group uses thread and indigenous fibers such as buri, pandan and abaca produces garments, gift, toys, and household items and hand looms for gowns, she said.

She also said an abaca plantation program is planned for next year as they source their abaca fiber now from a small volume planted by some farmers along river banks.

She added that the fiber program has become comprehensive, as it will benefit not only the handcraft industry, but it will be an opportunity for farmers to plant abaca as another crop option.

The group is also waiting for weaving machines from the DTI for faster work and they are thankful for the assistance given to them by stakeholders such as DOST, DTI, TLDC and the City of Kabankalan for its support, Diego said.

The group now displays their crafts at the Showroom of Kabankalan and at the Provincial Technological Learning and Development Center, in Bacolod City.*MNM

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