Dasmanila is an art installation that was exhibited at the Ayala Museum, Manila, and later at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney. It is a collaborative project between the College of Fine Arts, UNSW (Australia) and the De La Salle College of St Benilde (Philippines).
Dasmanila recognises a group of women in Dasmariñas who make unique craft objects by recycling garbage that they gather, clean and weave by hand. Each of the 700 flowers that comprise the installation were hand woven by the group. The concept for the installation comes from the beautiful white Nilad flowers that once lined the rivers and coastlines of Manila and gave the city its name, 'MayNila' meaning, 'there are nilads' in Filipino.
Sadly, many of these rivers are now poisoned with rubbish and toxins and the Nilads have long disappeared. The Dasmanila project not only aims to give the 'Dasma' women and their craft greater recognition, but also aims to raise awareness of sustainable practices that can help eradicate urban pollution.