Textile, ca. 1900

Piña - Spanish , Filipino. The Spanish word for pineapple. In the Philippines, it is also the name of the cloth made from leaf fibers of the pineapple plant. Mainly cultivated in the Visayas , the pineapple plant may have come directly from America or through Portuguese who introduced it to India, Malacca and China during the sixteenth century (Crawfurd, 428; Medina , 1; Foreman, 367). (Castro, 70)

Source : Castro, Sandra B. (2018). Textiles in the Philippine colonial landscape : a lexicon and historical survey. Quezon City : Ateneo de Manila University Press

Annotation: Piña fabric terminology added as as supplemental information
by: Noel Jordan Racca

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