The Hinabi Project

   The Art of Philippine Textiles

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2015: The Year of
Piña
red piña

Piña cloth was the quintessential item of luxury and elegance in nineteenth-century Philippines. Piña is a unique fabric woven from fibers of the leaves of the Spanish Red Pineapple and is the finest of all Philippine fabrics.

From September 24 to October 11, 2015, an educational display showing the history and production of piña, along with examples of the textile, is organized by PAWA in partnership with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. A major highlight is a public demonstration by a master piña weaver from Kalibo, Aklan.
piña handkerchief

From 1565-1815, the Manila Galleons traveled twice a year between Manila and Acapulco trading exquisite goods (including piña) from Asia, the Americas and Europe. Today, the piña fiber is often blended with silk, cotton, and abaca to create intricate and translucent textiles that are a proud symbol of Philippine national identity.



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la siesta, lady with piña blouse


A woman in typical Maria Clara dress
with striped skirt and
piña blouse.
La siesta (Recuerdos de Filipinas).
An engraving of a work by
D.F. Resurrección Padilla
(Spanish publication, circa 1890)


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Piña: An Enduring
Philippine Fabric

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Educational Display of Piña
In partnership with
the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

at the
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
Sept. 24 – Oct. 11, 2015
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California

19th century maiden in piña


Young woman wearing a fine blouse
and panyuelo of piña, circa 1875
(Biblioteca Nacional de España)