Friday, 3 May 2013

Exquisite Piña from the Phillipines

Pineapple fiber or Piña is a strong white or creamy cobweb-like fiber drawn from tall leaves of an indigenous pineapple plant. The fiber is hand stripped from the leaves in lengths of about 18 inches to 3 feet, sun-bleached, hand knotted and spun.
It is commonly used in the Philippines where it is sometimes combined with silk or polyester to create a textile fabric.
Thanks very much to Karen Angel N  and Quing Obillos for the use of their lovely detailed photographs of Piña embroidery.


Quing Obillos      

And thank you to Karen Ilagan for this beautiful wedding dress photograph.  
Two fascinating youtubes were made almost 100 years apart - 1918 and 2012 - on the production of Piña. You will make some interesting observations about factory production in the 1918 film "Luzon Lingerie" . . .
The youtube made in 2012 clearly shows the process but is too long to include on the blog: If you would like to watch it here's the address:

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