I’ve come out of my blogging hibernation to tell you about my recent exploration trip in Marikina. You see, I’ve been looking for leather scraps because I want to go back to notebook and jewelry-making. And since Marikina used to be the Shoe Capital of the Philippines, it’s the best place to explore because there are still a lot of leather shops and suppliers in the area.
My friends who live in Marikina suggested that I go straight to Dela Paz Street near the Public Market. And they were right! I went crazy inside the first leather shop I saw!
Aren’t these rolls of leather just beautiful? And the smell inside the shop was just pure bliss. I was so tempted to buy a couple of rolls but had to remind myself that I only needed leather scraps because I have to re-learn cutting and stitching first.
Eventually, I went home with a kilo and a half of assorted scraps which sold at 200/kilo. Not bad considering how great they look!
After buying a couple of tools and some leather strings, I decided to go around the market and do a little shopping. One of the things I love about Marikina is its wonderful public market which is one of the cleanest (if not the cleanest) in Metro Manila. It also has so many quaint stalls that sell unexpected items like this inabel iloko mat I found in a shop near the market entrance.
Imagine my happiness when I saw it! It’s very rare to find inabel iloko in Manila, and at a very cheap price, too! (Just as a background, I really love local, handwoven fabrics. I think they’re an excellent indicator of the richness of our culture, not to mention our exceptional craftsmanship. So if I have given you an inabel iloko or some other Filipino fabric, then I must really like you.:) )
The shop owner, a pretty girl from Mountain Province, told me that she also sold blankets and rattan-weaved walis tambo! I promised to come back when my wallet is more prepared. Haha.
So these are my great finds over the weekend. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to get my hands on these scraps!
Food for Thought:
I’ve got to stop being a snob about leather-bound books,
he reminded himself.
E-books do have their moments.