The Hinabi Project

   The Art of Philippine Textiles

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Weaving the famous piña cloth at Molo, Panay, Philippines, Circa 1910 (Underwood & Underwood)

The Hinabi Project: The Art of Philippine Textiles seeks to increase awareness of and appreciation for the exquisite and rich tradition of Philippine weavings and textiles. In addition, we hope to infuse pride among Filipinos and inspire them to rediscover their heritage as well as incorporate aspects of Filipino traditional fabrics in their modern lifestyle. Lastly, the project hopes to encourage weavers, embroiderers, and designers of traditional Filipino textiles to continue working on their crafts and thus maintain these traditions.

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Embroiderers (Postcard, circa 1920)

For the public to gain a better understanding of the historical, cultural, and economic significance of Philippine textiles, The Hinabi Project Team, in partnership with US and Philippine organizations, have set several goals: the creation of a textile collection, documentation of the fabric production, and public presentations through exhibitions, lectures and workshops of Philippine textiles; work with NGO partners to development sustainable economic programs that support artisan families. 

THP's first exhibition, Piña: An Enduring Philippine Fabric, was held at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco in 2015 and focused on the Visayas and piña (textiles woven from the leaves of the Red Spanish Pineapple variety. In 2017, the focus will be on Mindanao with Weavers of Peace and Dreams: Textile Arts of Mindanao to be held at the historic Mills Building in San Francisco.

The Project will continue to expand to other types of Filipino textiles and techniques and in 2018 will feature weavings from Northern Luzon and the Cordilleras. In 2020 we hope to culminate the Project with a state-of-the-art exhibit, showcasing antique and vintage heirloom pieces from private collections juxtaposed with revival and contemporary commissioned pieces.

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Video: Master Artisans of the Philippines
produced by Anthony Cruz Legarda, Hi.Art.Manila, PAWA, Philippine Textile Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, CustomMadeCrafts Center, Non-Timber Forest Products-Task Force-Cordaid

Samples of Textiles

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Cotton tapestry with Bunga Sama &
Kaban Buddi designs (Yakan, Basilan)


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Details of blouse and panyuelo
made of piña (circa 1875)


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Cotton weave: Binakel Pattern
(Itneg, Abra Province)

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Okir Designs (Maranao-Bangsamoro Women
Weaving Group, North Cotabato)


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T'nalak, Abaca (banana fiber),
T'boli from Lake Sebu


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Heart shape motif (Bangsamoro Women
Weaving Group, Cotabato City)

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