Ayala Museum is proud to present the exhibition Vestments for Worship Wrapped in Identity: Museum of Transfiguration Abbey Collection, showcasing the liturgical vestments designed and created by Dom Martin Hizon Gomez, OSB.
The collection of Filipino inculturated vestments shows beautiful indigenous handwoven textiles and design motifs from all over the country. When a priest celebrates the Holy Eucharist wearing Dom Martin’s creations, he is not only clothed for worship; he is also wrapped in deeply-rooted Filipino identity.
Previous to his monastic vocation, Dom Martin was known as Gang Gomez, a fashion designer respected among the who’s who of high society. His outfits classically featured hand-embroidered fabrics with an extensive use of indigenous materials. It was 1990 when Gang decided to close his shop to become a monk in the Monastery of Transfiguration and dedicate his life to simplicity and service. Today, he finds fresh insights for his designs by dedicatedly studying imagery from cultural communities across the country.
The exhibition is on view until July 23, 2017 at the Ayala Museum’s third floor exhibition hall and cross stairs glass displays.
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