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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A Showcase for Philippine Piña and Indigenous Textile Artisans

A contingent of Filipino artisans, entrepreneurs, officials and weavers represented the Philippines at the recently held International Folk Art Market (IFAM) at Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 10-12, 2015. IFAM is the mecca for craft persons working in all media, in both traditional and contemporary modalities and aethetics. It being an international folk arts fair and trade show, the Philippine presence was essential to sustaining the increase attention of buyers, collectors, and craft-lovers...

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In Birth, Marriage and Death: The Life of the Piña

It is said that the Filipino is born in piña, married in piña, and buried in piña. Piña, of course, is the quintessential fabric derived from the leaves of the otherwise common pineapple plant. But for making textile, only the long leaf red pineapple variety is suitable for extracting the silky, sinewy fiber. Ms. Patis Tesoro, who graced the launching of The Hinabi Project at the Philippine Consul General’s San Francisco residence on June 19, described the arduous process of piña...

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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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