The Hinabi Project

   The Art of Philippine Textiles

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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In Search of the Terno

I was always drawn to an old photograph from the 1930s of my lola and my mother in their ternos. The sepia tones, the younger faces that have since vanished, their kind and enigmatic look, the clothing of a bygone era all draw my attention each time I view the photograph. For a moment, my imagination is engulfed in forgotten stories and histories. How was life in Manila for my mother and grandmother at that time? Where did they live? What were their routines, pastimes...

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