Jessa M. Salvadico | Negosentro.com
Mandala Park Weekend Market celebrated their 5th installment in partnership with the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement. This month’s weekend market theme is about promoting the “love for local” and they features different merchants with their locally source craft produce products. One of these is the Yakang Yaka Barter.
Yakang Yaka Barter is a social enterprise led by Kelly Marian Mortensen. Their goal is to help an indigenous community in Mindanao – Yakans. They are known for their traditional hand weaving. Knowing that it’s hard to have a job in the community, Yakang Yaka helps them to have a livelihood by producing their products and selling it on the city. Also, to promote the traditional hand weaving locally and international.
With the help of different artists, combining contemporary and traditional weaving they are able to produce weaved products like pillow, accessories, bag, shoes, wallet and dress at Mandala Park Weekend Market.
Now, the community has weaving center in Brgy. Upper Calarian Zamboanga where they can teach others specially kids who can continue the tradition from generation to generation. Tourists can also visit the place to see their products. For those who are interested living in theMetro, they have a physical shop located at Makati City.
The amount of their products will vary on the design.