Every day on my weaving tour of Japan and the Philippines I will repost all of my InstaGram posts here on my blog. I hope you enjoy my adventures.
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Day 13 Valentines day for us. We took a 3 -hour drive in our van to Lumban, Lugana–the embroidery Capitol of the Philippines. On the way all over we have seen these Jeepneys (spelling?) which are a main type of public transportation. They are customized– maybe with a Mercedes emblem on the front. They will stop anywhere and I saw some depots, too.
I bought this from the last weaving because the weaver there had woven it and because I always like this design when I see it. It's woven with a dark thread and a light one together In the shuttle. This makes it random which one comes out of the shuttle on top at any given time. Similar "patterns" can be made if you twist the dark and light threads– if twisted one direction you get sort of twill lines going in one direction and going the other direction if you twist them the opposite way.
Our last stop before a 2- hour ride home was for dinner at the home and workshop of a famous fashion designer, Patis Tesoro in the town of Viaja del Sol. She uses pina and has much of it embroidered on and some painted designs as well. I wanted very much to buy a sleeve that was out when we came but it was for a customer and she wouldn't sell it. I had hoped they could have cut out another sleeve but not so. Probably they were under a deadline. The embroidery on the edge of the piece cut out for the sleeve was in black. Very elegant on the very white pina cloth. I think maybe I'll use that idea for something when I get home.