Do you know why Manila was given it’s name?

The name Manila derives from ‘may-nila’, a translation meaning ‘there are (nilad) flowers’.
The city was named after the beautiful white flowering mangroves that originally adorned the city’s waterways.

Dasmanila is a public art installation comprising hundreds of replica Nilad flowers
hand-woven from recycled rubblish by women artisans from Manila’s
suburb of DasmariƱas in the Philippines.

The current state of the Pasig river waterway, Manila

The hard working ‘Dasma’ women of Manila, Philippines

Conceived at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Dasmanila is now a travelling exhibition that has made its way from The Ayala Museum in metro Manila, Philippines, to The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Dasmanila highlights the ecological damage to Manila’s waterways. The beautiful white Nilad that once lined the rivers and coastline, now poisoned with rubbish and toxins, gave the city its name. MayNila - ‘There are Nilads’.

The Dasmanila exhibition seeks to give the ‘Dasma’ women greater recognition of their unique skills and weaving techniques. Dasmanila also aims to raise awareness of sustainable practices that can help eradicate urban pollution.

Opening event

10:30am Tuesday 15 March 2011

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney - Cunningham Pond
Mrs Macquaries Road Sydney NSW 2000
(adjunct to the Botanic Garden Restaurant)

‘Dasma’ woman holding her handcrafted bag

Help support the ‘Dasma’ women

Purchase a handcrafted bag weaved from recycled garbage

The sale of the women’s recycled products will provide them with longer-term economic support and assist them with a more sustainable working practice.

The bags are available at the ‘Palm Grove Centre Gardens Shop’ inside The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney or contact us directly.

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