The Province of Aklan,in the Philippines. is the handloom center for pineapple fiber called Piña. Called the Amazing Weaves exhibitions at the Manila Intercon kicked off today March 6 until March 24, 2013. Contemporary fiber fashion were from design colleques at the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines Ceasar Gaupo, Rajo Laurel, Jojie Lloren, Frederick Peralta. Also from good friend Barge Ramos. And Milka Quin. Fabrics by La Herminia and de la Cruz House of Piña.--both my long time clients in design development.
Am blogging this affair because I helped in part the conceptualization of the project with Mrs Vicky Ramos Antonino--Chairman of the Tourism Council in Aklan and Western Visayas. She is the daughter of the father of Aklan--Godofredo Ramos.
A weaver looms pineapple fiber. It takes about 15 days to finish a meter of the fabric--depending on the embellishments too. Mixing silk on Piña. is called Piña.Seda which makes it softer and more shiny.
My collaborative design with Ms Ding de la Cruz of de la Cruz House of Piña.on vine material called Nito.This time we incorporated Filipino ethnic patterns on the weave,.
Piña.gown. She has been my avid supporter of my assistance to the fiber and handicrafts industry in Aklan.