San Francisco museum to highlight unique Filipino fiber

/ 01:55 AM August 12, 2015

Woman in piña, from the Biblioteca Nacional de España: Mestiza, Álbum de Filipinas.

SAN FRANCISCO — The rich tradition of Philippine weavings and textiles will be in limelight at the Asian Art Museum, thanks to the Hinabi Project, an educational display in the museum’s Resource Center.

“The Hinabi Project: The Art of Philippine Textiles,” in partnership with Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc., presents the history and evolution of a unique fabric woven from pineapple leaf fibers.


The exhibit, from September 24 to October 12, is part of the 5th Annual Filipino American History Month Celebration. It illustrates the process of extracting pineapple fiber, separating these into fine threads for weaving, embroidery and other embellishments.

It includes examples of piña made in the 1930s, during its heyday as elegant wear for prominent American and Filipino women.


A dress and a christening veil on loan from the Lacis Museum in Berkeley represents the piña in the life cycle of the Filipino family during the period of the 1930s, and contemporary panels represent the themes of creativity, harmony, and eternity, completing the timeline of this exquisite fabric.

When: Sept. 24–Oct. 12, 2015

Tuesdays-Sundays 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Thursdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Where: Resource Center, 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Cost: Free with museum admission ($10-$15; $5 after 5 p.m. on Thursdays)

Web Links


The Hinabi Project: http://thehinabiproject.org/index.html

Event page http://www.asianart.org/events/717?starttime=1443078000

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