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Isle designer travels across Philippines to study attire

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    Inda Manuel Gage wears a Luzon Gaddang tribe outfit matching dolls closest to her. Other dolls are in Maranao and Tausug apparel and dress of Mindanao’s T’boli and B’laan tribes.

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    Designer Iris Gil Viacrusis, left, works with Inda Manuel Gage.

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    A doll models a reproduction of the wedding terno worn by designer Iris Gil Viacrusis’ mother, Rosalina, seen in the framed photograph.

One imagines fashion designers occupying urban spaces and spotless salons, but for Iris Gil Viacrusis, a quest for knowledge about the textiles and dress styles of the Philippines led to remote jungles and hillsides. Read more

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