THE HERITAGE TEE
A wearable piece of art that celebrates the artistry of Filipino weaving tradition.
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The foundational piece for Filipino American luxury streetwear, the Heritage Tee in bago’s signature oversized silhouette boldly frames Binakol textile handwoven by indigenous communities in the Philippines.
The oversized tee is custom dyed in bago’s “buko” off-white heavyweight rib, milled locally in Los Angeles. The texture of the fabric is a reference to a blank art canvas.
The box logo, located at the center chest, is embroidered in “bahay” brown and the signature archival code is embroidered on the sleeve to act as a physical time stamp of our journey.
Upcycled polyester Binakol textile
Handwoven in Abra, Philippines Unisex oversized fit
100% premium cotton
16oz ultra-heavyweight rib
Made in Los Angeles, CA
Binakol in kusikus pattern
Handwoven by Mang Abel Ti Abra
Abra, Ilocos Norte
We work with ANTHILL Fabrics to ethically source handwoven textiles directly from the indigenous weaving communities in the Philippines. The binakol ordained on The Heritage Tee from Episode00 The Prologue was custom designed and woven in partnership with the indigenous weaving community of Mang Abel Ti Abra.
Binakol textile is indigenous to the Ilokanos and Itneg communities of Ilocos and the Cordillera region. The weavers keep track of the complex geometric patterns of squares and rectangles completely in their minds without a manual or guide.
Dating all the way back to the 1400s, the Binakol is traditionally a ceremonial cloth used for protection as the optical illusion of the pattern is said to create a dizzying effect that drives away evil spirits. This particular pattern is known as kusikus, designed to resemble swirling, circular whirlpool vortices in the ocean.