Residents of a La Union surfing town have found a livelihood in crafting bracelets for Tali Ti Amianan
Miku Ebueza and her husband Mandy wanted to help the residents of San Juan, La Union — a surfing town — make a living during the off season. They soon brainstormed a way. “When I settled here, my husband — who happens to be a surfer — and I started crafting bracelets for fun,” Miku says. “We posted them on our personal social-media accounts and people got interested and asked us where we got the bracelets. That’s where the idea for Tali Ti Amianan [‘Ropes of the North’] came from.”
The enterprising duo now works with local surfers, stay-at-home moms and energetic elderly people to bring their designs to life. They use upcycled cloth from old shirts along with post-consumer canvas to create the eye-catching bracelets. “We don’t use glue!” Miku says.
“We’re also designing a special tali to help raise funds for Project Pearls, which helps underprivileged kids in the Philippines. And we’ve started to reach out to the residents of inner barangays in San Juan, La Union, so they can take part in our livelihood program.”
To help Miku and Mandy’s causes, grab your own tali at Moonleaf Tea Shop, Nani Wahine Souvenir Shop and San Juan Surf Shop in San Juan, La Union; Coast Thru Life and Mad Kahuna Surf Shop in Manila; The Chillage in Cebu; and Seagreen Lifestyle Store and Café in Davao. Talis start at PHP50. Visit facebook.com/talitiamianan for more info.
This article originally appeared in the July 2015 issue of Smile magazine.