By REY ROBES ILAGAN

Since the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, businesses, big and small, have shut down to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19. During this time, many companies and organizations have engaged in emergency drives to help those in need of either protective gear, supplies, donations, or relief goods.

In an Instagram post, local lifestyle brand Piopio announced its own relief operations to support weaving communities during the lockdown. “We have created Piopio DIY kits, a little project that will help us in sending more relief packages of goods and vitamins to our weavers and their families,” the post says. “The DIY kits include 15 pieces of our fabric as well as a sewing kit with some tools to get you started on a fun craft project at home. For every kit sold you will directly sponsor a relief package.”

“Our goal is to equip each of our 30 weavers with a relief package once a week until the end of the lockdown,” says Paloma. “The idea behind the DIY kits is that we are also able to move inventory of our fabric to ensure that once the lockdown is lifted we can place a bulk order and have them weaving again. The first group we are helping is based in Ilocos Sur.”

Each kit, costing ₱1,500, comes with 15 pieces of six inches by six inches Piopio retaso, eight pieces of color line thread, tape, thread, pins, thimble, white buttons, black buttons, needle box, scissors, and a storage box.

Piopio also recently set up the “Piopio DIY Inspo” Pinterest board featuring fun and inspiring craft activities to do at home. The small local business will also upload projects done by people who have bought the kits, including projects ranging from pillowcases, case covers for AirPods and laptops, clothing patchworks, home quilts, and even terno sleeves. Piopio advises those needing to purchase more fabrics to order inabel fabric by the yard online via its website, www.piopio.ph.

“The biggest support we can ask for during this time is for people to keep supporting small businesses like us in any way they can, even if it’s just sharing our DIY kit initiative with friends and family or on social media,” Paloma says. “Thank you for supporting small local businesses at this time.”

For cash or other donations, Piopio can facilitate your generosity directly to the weavers by sending an email to info@piopio.ph.

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Dear PIOPIO family For the last 4 years our mission has been to showcase and preserve Filipino weaving to ensure this tradition survives for future generations. Today we face a different challenge which is ensuring the security and well-being of our weavers today and tomorrow. This lockdown has brought the whole world to a halt and the weaving supply chain has come to a near complete stop. No one is creating, buying or selling and these weavers will now be months behind on work. In our efforts to support weaving communities during the lockdown we have created PIOPIO DIY kits – a little project that will help us in sending more relief packages of goods and vitamins to our weavers and their families. The DIY kits include 15 pieces of our fabric as well as a sewing kit with some tools to get you started on a fun craft project at home. For every kit sold you will directly sponsor a relief package. We are also selling our fabric by the yard online should you wish to create something bigger (pillow cases, a quilt, clothing) Getting this inventory moving will allow us to place a bulk order once the lockdown is lifted to ensure immediate work for these weavers. 🦋You can find the kits and fabric online at www.piopio.ph🦋 (We created a Pinterest page with some inspiration to help you get started which we will be linking in our stories. ) Thanks in advance for your support We love you all 1f498 - Piopio created DIY kits to help send relief goods and vitamins to local weavers Stay safe PIOPIO team xoxo

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