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NCCA launches RTW design competition using Philippine indigenous textiles


In an effort to promote and popularize the colorful textile patterns from various cultural communities in the Philippines, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts is inviting professional and emerging fashion designers to create RTW (ready to wear) clothes for everyday use.


General Guidelines:
The competition is open to all interested students, designers from the different fashion/ clothing lines, and professional designers.
Competitors should be Filipino citizens.
The ethnicity of the design should not be token, e.g. just traditional motifs on the collar, pockets of cuffs, but should cover at least one-third of the total clothing.
While the contemporary, innovative and practical designs are encouraged, the final product (clothes) should clearly bear the ethnic source, i.e. Gaddang, Ilokano, Kapampangan, Subanen, Tboli, Yakan
The sources of traditional woven materials could be any of the Philippine indigenous or traditional ethnic groups in the country, including peoples in the highlands, Muslim communities and lowland Christian communities.
The clothes must be eminently wearable, practical, comfortable, non-toxic and inexpensive, yet artistic and elegant which will be for use in office, school and other daily activities.

Competition Categories
The NCCA Ready to Wear (RTW) Clothing Design Competition shall have three (3) categories to provide broader participation from the fashion design sector.

A. Student Category
The category is open to all interested students of any course in a college or university. The student should be currently enrolled in a baccalaureate, vocational or technical course.
Under this category, the entries shall be design for clothes which can be used as school uniform for students or teachers and for other school activities.
Five (5) winners will be declared for this category and shall be awarded trophies and cash Prizes (subject to applicable taxes) as follows:
First Prize – P40,000
Second Prize – P35,000
Third Prize – P30,000
Fourth Prize – P25,000
Fifth Prize – P20,000

B. Professional Category
This category is open to all Filipino professional fashion designers.

Under this category, the entries shall be design for clothes which may be used in offices or for events requiring Smart Casual Wear.
Five (5) Winners will be declared for this category and shall be awarded trophies and cash Prizes (subject to applicable taxes) as follows:

First Prize – P70,000
Second Prize – P65,000
Third Prize – P60,000
Fourth Prize – P40,000
Fifth Prize – P40,000

C. Fashion / Clothing Line Companies
This category is open to all fashion/ clothing line companies.

Under this category, the entries shall be design for clothes for casual or daily activities to include but not limited to dress, blouses, shirts, skirts, shorts, and pants.

The clothes shall be included in the product line of the company.

Five (5) Winners will be declared for this category and shall be awarded trophies and cash Prizes (subject to applicable taxes) as follows:
First Prize – P60,000
Second Prize – P55,000
Third Prize – P50,000
Fourth Prize – P45,000
Fifth Prize – P40,000

To see the full competition mechanics and download the competition entry form, visit http://ncca.gov.ph/ncca-ready-wear-rtw-clothing-design-competition/

(Image courtesy of the NCCA website)

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