The Hinabi Project

   The Art of Philippine Textiles

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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