Gantsilyo: Piquer le crochet dans les Philippines et Trey Ajusto

Crochet is a craft that people practice all around the world. Cependant, we hear about it more from some places than other places. The Philippines has plenty of crocheters but it’s not a place we hear a lot about. That’s why I was happy to get a message from Trey Ajusto, a crocheter in the Philippines who shared her work with me.

Trey’s Philippine Crochet Message

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Here’s what Trey had to say:

I’m a crocheter in the Philippines. Although crochet is a known tradition here, it hasn’t really reached apopularstatus. I can say now, Bien que, that it’s catching up with the world. There’s a newfound love for it especially among the young (because there’s still a (mis)perception back here that only grandmas crochet).”

Trey also said something about her own interest in sharing Philippines crochet that I loved and wanted to share:

It is my goal to put crochet in the limelight because there’s talent out there in our country that doesn’t get much exposure, especially among those who crochet in the provinces.

Trey Ajusto (Gantsilyo Guru)

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Trey Ajusto has a blog called Gantsilyo Guru. Elle explique: Le mot “gantsilyo” is the Filipino term for crochet derived from the Spanish crochet mot “ganchillo.” (Apprendre à dire au crochet en 25 languages here.)

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Trey learned to crochet during high school. Elle explique:

My very first crochet project was in home economics class. It was a 3-D christmas tree. Our teacher didn’t want to accept my project because she couldn’t believe I made it. Depuis ce temps, I’ve been hooked!”

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Big props to Trey for having her crochet boucle d'oreille included in the Philippines edition of Cosmopolitan magazine this past December.

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She also had her work featured in the 2012 planner for The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf company; you can see the free crochet pattern for that coffee cup cozy here.

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Trey also teaches crochet / amigurumi workshops.

Random Comments on Crochet in the Philippines

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Here are some of the things related to crocheting in the Philippines that I got from Trey’s blog:

  • Of course Filipino crocheters make scarves. Trey says: “Even though it’s practically unwearable in the Philippines (except maybe in the Benguet province or when it gets windy and cold during theber” mois), a scarf can be your legit claim to crocheting prowess.
  • The yarn store that Trey recommends in Manila is Dreams Yarnshoppe. She has reviewed and mentioned other Philippines yarn stores on the blog as well, Bien que.
  • Men aren’t visibly crocheting in the Philippines. Trey says: “I haven’t met a man (encore) in the Philippines who crochets. I’m sure they’re out there somewhere crocheting.She also says: “À mon avis, if a man is confident enough to hold a yarn and a hook and have the desire to create, then he is a real man!” That’s why we celebrate crochet mâle droit? I will add, Bien que, that the one main Philippines-based crocheter that I know of is actually a man: Pablo caillot.

Trey also helps support the online presence of Philippines crocheters by sharing links to those folks who are on places like Facebook et Ravelry.

Other Crocheters in the Philippines

Some of the other crocheters in the Philippines that I’ve found through online research include:

Photos in this post were pulled from Trey’s public abums on G+ et Facebook.



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