Information about Sinamay House
Photo by CTPH Tour
The Arevalo Sinamay House is a late 19th-century structure that serves as a testament to Iloilo's weaving industry. When other weavers shifted to work for the more profitable sugar industry, this local weaver that chose to work in the industry continued to create beautiful textures from inside the Sinamay House. The workers here produce an array of formal clothing for special occasions such as weddings and christenings.
During its heyday in the 90s, Sinamay House's woven textiles caught the eye of foreigners, especially the Late Princess Diana of Wales, who sent the house a thank-you note for a shawl created here.
A visit here will get you acquainted not only with the beauty of Iloilo's prized textile but also with the grandness of old-time architecture. Currently, it also houses Mama's Kitchen, a popular store for cookies and other snacks.
Best time to visit
The Sinamay House is open to visitors all year round, making it an easy spot to visit during any season. It is open daily from 8 AM to 5 PM and is closed on Sundays.