WVN Living is a women-owned enterprise that works with artisan communities in the Philippines to co-create handmade lifestyle products in the hope of supporting local artisans and sustaining living traditions.
Our love story with local craftsmanship began with a road trip. We decided to hit the road and see where it took us. It led us to a town called Bangar (La Union), where we met the women weavers. We were greatly moved by their hard work and the beauty of their products. After we spent time talking to some of the weavers, who told us that the tradition was dying in their community because the younger generation is no longer interested in continuing the craft, we were determined to do something that would somehow address this.
In late 2016, we started WVN Home Textiles as a passion project on top of our day jobs, joining Christmas bazaars with our minimum viable product, which were our blanket towels. In 2017, we successfully crowdfunded our first line of towels and blanket towels with The Spark Project, exceeding our goal by 75%, as well as finding a community of intentional supporters in the process. We also started joining the Likhang HABI Fair that year.
Since then, we have become a business with a social mission: to contribute to wellbeing (ginhawa) through the sustainability of Filipino artisanal craftsmanship (gawa). We have expanded our reach to artisan communities in La Union, Cavite, Isabela and Albay.
With the changes brought about by the pandemic, we stepped into 2021 as WVN Living, emphasizing that sustaining living traditions, like weaving, means integrating it into our every day lifestyle.
Below is a video from our crowdfunding campaign in 2017