The Hinabi Project

   The Art of Philippine Textiles

The Hinabi Project launches Piña: The Enduring Fabric at the Asian Art Museum

Members of the San Francisco diplomatic corps and special guests were treated to the opening of the The Hinabi Project, a unique and special project of Philippine American Writers & Artists Inc (PAWA) launched in conjunction with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco. The Hinabi Project launched the educational display of Piña, An Enduring Philippine Fabric at the Asian Art Museum San Francisco. Spearheaded by its volunteer members: Maya...

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The Tydings-McDuffie Barong Tagalog, circa 1930's

Those familiar with Philippine history will note that the grant of independence from its colonial status as a U.S. possession was enacted under the Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934. It stipulates that Philippine independence will be granted ten years from the law's enactment. Thus, by law, Philippines will be free of U.S. control on July 4 1944 after a period of "democracy-in-training" Commonwealth self-government. Unfortunately, WWII intervened and independence would not be celebrated...

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Embroidered Histories: Spanish Manila, American Manila

(One goal of the Hinabi Project is to discover existing woven (indigenous and modern) artifacts that illustrate Philippine artisan skills, past and present, from archives, collections, or even memories. So when on Mother’s Day, on a weekend at Monterrey, we made an unlikely discovery. We celebrated the day at the  Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo. The mission was founded in 1770 and served as the headquarters for Father Junipero Serra, a soon-to-be-canonized saint and who founded...
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