Perhaps, one of the most significant discoveries of the launching of Philippine Modest Fashion through Modest Fashion Manila’s 1st Philippine International Virtual Modest Fashion Show is the discovery of the first Professional hijab stylist and designer in the country -Princess Jehanne Mangondato- Dimaporo.
In the past, Maranao chiefs and royal families wear these type of crowns as a symbol of novelty and nobility.
Without proper training in fashion or arts other than hanging out in her grandmother’s workshop while growing up, Jehanne took a while to decide where to begin with her collection. But with the help and encouragement from her parents and close kins, she came up with utilizing the Sukip (a fabric woven by hand by the Maranao people of Lanao in the Philippines) and everything took it’s shape from there.
” My parents were my inspiration for my designs. Being a daughter of a diplomat I was given a chance to travel abroad and my dad will always remind me to support our local products even if we are not physically present in the Philippines. He will always tell us that by simple gestures like “buying Philippine products will help and improve our country’s economy.” My mom who is born and raised in Marawi City would always represent herself in a diplomatic party wearing a maranao gown. I remember my mom who constantly makes sure we have a maranao gown to wear in a diplomat’s party overseas. Our maranao gowns will always have a priority spot in our baggage. Weeks before our flight she will personally buy a malong or langkit or sukip from the local maranao weavers. My grandmother who is a local couturier in Marawi City will perfectly tailored our gowns and my mom will add beads intricately in our gowns to make it look stunning. Overall, it may be said that I was raised by my parents to be proud of our cultures and traditions because it is the one that determines our identity. Lastly, I thank Allah SWT for giving me a unique talent.” – Princess Jehanne/ Hijab Stylist & Designer
Layers of Sukip fabric geometrically folded and manipulated to form a beautiful array of colors. These pieces are the glamourous way to wear your identity anywhere, anytime! Because its made up several colours, these handmade haute couture brooches are versatile.
The collection is a mesmerizing mix of the traditional hand-woven fabric and contemporary materials, in an array of colorful hijab showcase. Its unique flavour added a majestic feel to Princess Jehanne’s Sukip Collection; owing to the princes and princesses, the datu and the sultans of their beautiful land.
“Sukip is my main material for my designs. SUKIP means “to insert pattern” or to “insert design” which is a product of maranao local weavers. The maranao weavers used BONIL THREAD for the sukip. For some people sukip is commonly known as LANGKIT. The SUKIP is commonly attached or used to design gowns or suit for maranao males. Sometimes they used this as an ID lace or earrings. “
Princess revolutionized the use of the Sukip through these hijab styles. It is quite impossible to think how the materials can be played with this way if you are a not an artist and one that wears hijab faithfully. They accent a plain hijab instantly!
Being a hijab stylist I decided to used sukip as my main material and made a design that will match the scarf and to let the new generation appreciate the sukip and in this way I will able to help the local maranao weavers in our place. Using this material as scarf accessories is not that easy. You need to be creative in designing the SUKIP that will perfectly fit the head and can be easily attached to the scarf.
Mixing it Western flavour; Princess Jehanne explored the possibilities of creating fascinators by using Sukip and without doubt adds a glamourous feel to a simple outfit.
Sukip art is dyeing because the younger generations are becoming unfamiliar with the heritage because of the rise of garment imports from other countries. In fact, when Jehanne went to the local weavers to buy sukip from a local artisan in her area, the latter was teary- eyed because not many younger people appreciate the art.
Being one of the hardest materials to work with because it is thick and cannot easily manipulated, Princess Jehanne was able to take command and transformed these materials with her magical touch.
Strands of Sukip tape bands hanging loose in fringes gives a different charm.
Another of the crown versions famously worn among noble figures in Maranao history.
Indeed a spectacular display of cultures of the not-so- distant past, Princess Jehanne connected us to the rich and majestic heritage of her people