Piña fabric has conclusively found its home in the fashion industry, and gratefulness is to the efforts of our local designers. The high-end clothing line presently sees an expanding popularity among many fashionistas all over the world.
The glistening Philippine-made piña fabric is produced from the leaves of the Red Spanish pineapple. It was basically used to make the Barong Tagalog, the Filipino men’s national formal attire. However, as fashion unfolds, women have begun wearing piña fabric clothes too in many social occasions.
What is with piña fabric that makes it stand out?
Piña fabric shines above all other fabrics because of its royal and timeless qualities namely:
- naturally glossy with excellent luster
- fine and translucent
- it’s similarity to linen
- blends well with other fibers
- softer than hemp
- no dry cleaning needed
- more textured than silk
- easy to care and washable
Piña Fabric: Back in Time
Piña weaving in the country, Philippines is an old tradition. It began from Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines in the Western Visayas region.
When aristocrats in the period of pre-Hispanic began wearing it, piña clothing virtually became the Queen of the Philippine fabrics.
The piña fabric material also got the attention of the Spaniards. When they first landed in the Philippines back in the 1500s, they were instantly drawn to the Oriental intricacy of this native garment.
On the 19th century, piña grew to be an in-demand fabric globally until the cotton made clothing was opened.
Around the mid-1980s, the piña weaving subsided, and ultimately ceased. It was not ready to compete regarding the prices with the inexpensive cotton. Additionally, the absence of new weavers made it hard for them to keep up with the demand. The first weavers have resigned due to their old age.
Piña Fabric: The Rebirth
Favorably, some businesspeople stepped in to preserve the dying piña weaving production. They began promoting the piña Barong among affluent families and celebrities in the Philippines and even Hollywood celebrities too.
Many local fashion designers also marked a significant potential in this indigenous material. So, they launched piña to the global market. They branded it as an elegant and high-end fashion.
Apart from the Barong Tagalog and the Filipiniana (Philippines lady’s formal wear), Piña weavers have also extended their line of products to the following:
- table linens
- novelty items
And to exhibit their creativity, even more, Piña weavers allow ‘calado,’ a manually-embroidered material highlighting traditional decorations.
Piña fabric originates from a very sustainable source. The pineapple plants counter better to the fungicide-free soil. Hence, they mark a helpful trace on the environment. The weavers also apply only natural plants and herbs to color the material that is used in ‘calado.’
It is unquestionable as to how did Piña fabric establish its spot in the fashion industry, nationally and globally, simply because nothing does it better than Piña fabric.