Damgo means dream in Cebuano. We are a design studio in the Philippines that specialises in designing and developing heirloom quality handwoven textiles for fashion and interiors. Creativity and Innovation is at the heart of what we do. Our client-focused and hands-on approach to designing and creating original textile designs allows us to successfully bring your dream weaves to life.
Our mission is to encourage the creation and use of innovative and ethically made Philippine textiles and products. We are committed to contributing to a flourishing and sustainable local textile industry. We do this by exploring the creation of contemporary woven textile designs with circularity in mind. We explore new approaches to traditional weaving together with local independent makers. We are currently collaborating with a rural community of handloom weavers from Argao, Cebu to bring our handwoven textiles to life. They work on traditional Visayan looms and are known for their hablon, polyhemp and kinarnero weaves.
Founder and Designer
Jessica Ouano is a designer, handloom weaver and consultant. After completing her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising at the De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde, she worked on a project where she had the opportunity to collaborate with handloom weavers from Argao, Cebu to create original textiles for a collection presented in a fashion show in Japan. It was through this experience that she grew to love handloom weaving and it opened her eyes to the endless design possibilities that this craft could provide. After this experience, she worked as the textile and apparel designer of the cultural and social enterprise, ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, in which she designed and supported the creation of contemporary handwoven textiles and products for ANTHILL and other local and international brands. In 2020, she completed her Masters in Fashion Entrepreneurship and Innovation at London College of Fashion supported by a fully-funded scholarship from Chevening, the UK government’s global scholarship programme. Her masters project explored how Philippine businesses could help address the gaps in creating Philippine natural fibre textiles. She is currently exploring and working on projects that involve the preservation of traditional crafts through contemporary design as well as creating regenerative textiles for fashion and interiors.
fabrics that feel good and do good
Each of our fabrics are completely handwoven from either textile waste, dead stock or ethically sourced natural fibre yarn. We are conscious about our impact from the raw material to the finished product. Focusing on building strong relationships with our partner makers and our raw materials suppliers has allowed us to provide supply chain transparency to all our clients.