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Published on: December 23, 2020

In celebration of Baguio City’s UN award of Creative city of Crafts and Folk Arts, the Ibag-iw annual November festival ran its course with two major activities: The Interlinked Exhibit and the BACCI - sponsored (Baguio Arts and Crafts and Collective Inc.) multi-sector competition, both held at the Baguio Convention Center Artists and artisans competed under the categories of Metal Crafts, Basketry, Weaving and Wood Carving.

 

Tawid Crafts Corporation (using the brand name TAWID SILVER), a DOST-CAR SETUP co-operator, won 2nd Prize for its jewelry piece entry, with the 1st prize going to sculpture.

 

TAWID SILVER’s winning piece was a sterling silver neckpiece inspired by the Cordillera symbol of fertility and prosperity, the lingling-o. The challenge to the designer was how to integrate exquisite quality and global competitiveness with the competition guidelines to showcase Cordillera culture and contribute to economic sustainability among others.

 

The entry piece was created using an electric rolling mill which was acquired through the DOST-CAR SETUP assistance. With the machine, the piece’s lead tie in preparation was shortened, helping them to beat the deadline and top quality finish was achieved.

 

While it was the firm’s first time to join the IBAGIW Arts and Crafts Competition, it is delighted to have bagged the award which gained scores in the craftsmanship and skills employed, artistry and aesthetics, innovation, scalability and cost efficiency, and audience vote.

 

Moreover, through the creativity, innovative ideas, coupled with the technology interventions of DOST-CAR SETUP, the firm diversified and improved its jewelry product to sterling silver tableware.

 

The firm continues to support local employment while portraying craftsmanship and beauty of arts through their crafts by joining the local bazaar, the “Mandeko Kito” artisans fair, held last July and the second leg held last November.

The firm is open to taking orders to reproduce the same design which has a pending patent at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.

Tawid Silver may be contacted thru Mr. Daniel Rimando and Mr. Rey Remando with the mobile numbers, 09175601986 and 09175240230, respectively.//FLAA