The Hinabi Project

   The Art of Philippine Textiles

The Hinabi Project launches Piña: The Enduring Fabric at the Asian Art Museum

Members of the San Francisco diplomatic corps and special guests were treated to the opening of the The Hinabi Project, a unique and special project of Philippine American Writers & Artists Inc (PAWA) launched in conjunction with the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco. The Hinabi Project launched the educational display of Piña, An Enduring Philippine Fabric at the Asian Art Museum San Francisco. Spearheaded by its volunteer members: Maya...

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A Showcase for Philippine Piña and Indigenous Textile Artisans

A contingent of Filipino artisans, entrepreneurs, officials and weavers represented the Philippines at the recently held International Folk Art Market (IFAM) at Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 10-12, 2015. IFAM is the mecca for craft persons working in all media, in both traditional and contemporary modalities and aethetics. It being an international folk arts fair and trade show, the Philippine presence was essential to sustaining the increase attention of buyers, collectors, and craft-lovers...

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The Tydings-McDuffie Barong Tagalog, circa 1930's

Those familiar with Philippine history will note that the grant of independence from its colonial status as a U.S. possession was enacted under the Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934. It stipulates that Philippine independence will be granted ten years from the law's enactment. Thus, by law, Philippines will be free of U.S. control on July 4 1944 after a period of "democracy-in-training" Commonwealth self-government. Unfortunately, WWII intervened and independence would not be celebrated...

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In Birth, Marriage and Death: The Life of the Piña

It is said that the Filipino is born in piña, married in piña, and buried in piña. Piña, of course, is the quintessential fabric derived from the leaves of the otherwise common pineapple plant. But for making textile, only the long leaf red pineapple variety is suitable for extracting the silky, sinewy fiber. Ms. Patis Tesoro, who graced the launching of The Hinabi Project at the Philippine Consul General’s San Francisco residence on June 19, described the arduous process of piña...

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Embroidered Histories: Spanish Manila, American Manila

(One goal of the Hinabi Project is to discover existing woven (indigenous and modern) artifacts that illustrate Philippine artisan skills, past and present, from archives, collections, or even memories. So when on Mother’s Day, on a weekend at Monterrey, we made an unlikely discovery. We celebrated the day at the  Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo. The mission was founded in 1770 and served as the headquarters for Father Junipero Serra, a soon-to-be-canonized saint and who founded...
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