Woven Philippine Designs and One More Embroidery

This embroidered cotton cloth was hanging in a museum and fascinated me. Cathy and I found one in an antique shop and I brought it home. It always brings a smile. I put in on my bed sometimes just to enjoy it. See the next photo.

The designs are frogs! I forget why they wanted frogs, but I love them.

We saw designs woven, too. They very much remind me of embroidery. Inlay is the technique.

Another loom with inlay designs. Lots of white but not always.

A demonstration showing pineapple fibers we saw on a sidewalk. More in future posts about the fibers.

Looms weaving the fine pineapple fibers. The cloth is called pina. Often the warp is silk with only the pineapple fibers as weft. You’ll see why in future photos.

6 thoughts on “Woven Philippine Designs and One More Embroidery”

  1. I learned of pineapple fiber at Lacis, in Berkeley, CA. It was so fascinating. How people were inspired to create such beauty is intriguing to me. I look forward to your next post. Thank you, Sandy

    • I really don’t have an answer. My friend, Cathy, always found them or they were from our museum But the museum doesn’t do them anymore. Selvedge magazine in London does trips. you could Google them. I hope to go with them in the spring to Japan.–VERY expensive it will be but I want to go one more time. I think you can Google textile trips or textile travel, etc. I think I did that once. There’s a group in Australia that does them and they are good. I went with them once and Cathy has several times. Good luck.

  2. Thanks for your reply. I was on the Selvedge tour to India earlier this year. Very nice tour. However, they’ve doubled the cost so am still pondering whether to sign up for Japan.



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