The weather has been awful in my part of the world for the past six weeks.  In an effort to create my own sense of "summer" I wanted to post something "tropical, exotic, warm", just to try to convince myself that those elements do still exist.   So let's consider this my little bit of imaginary tropical summer shall we?

 

Piña!

 

I was reading the other day about plant based fabrics and learned about "Piña" which is Spanish for pineapple fiber.  Pina is obtained from the pineapple plant's leaves. It is combined with silks, and many couture gowns are apparently being created with pina now.  Pineapple fibers are an ivory color and appear naturally glossy. This delicate fabric is also translucent as well as soft and fine with a dreamy high luster. Sounds so luxurious!


Pineapple plants are cultivated in beautiful warm Hawaii, Philippines, Indonesia, India and West Indies. Pina is also used for ropes, twines and paper. 

 

Since piña is from a leaf, the leaf has to be cut first from the plant. Then the fiber is pulled or split away from the leaf. Most leaf fibers are long and somewhat stiff. Each strand of the Piña fiber is hand scraped and is knotted one by one to form a continuous filament to be handwoven and then made into a Piña cloth. Here is an excellent article all about Pina.


Photo credit: AuntieP


Purchasing Pina does not seem easy. I've searched without success for either a retailer or a supplier.  Although I did come across someone on Etsy selling a piece 30 inches x four yards for 90$.  (oh it looks dreamy!)  See below:

 

Click here for more info on this Pina for sale as of May 25, 2011.

 

Pina Videos:

 

Please comment below if you know of a retailer or supplier of Pina.

Have you sewn with Pina? If so, what did you create and what was your sewing experience like?

 


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Comment by Judith on May 26, 2011 at 9:14am
God provided for us; all we have to do is imagine and discover...how may other fibers are waiting to be discovered for materials, food, etc.?  Wow!! <>
Comment by Pagan Reid on May 26, 2011 at 12:14am
that is so awesome!! i would love to use this sometime.
Comment by Andrea Schlickbernd on May 25, 2011 at 11:40am

Wow, I sure hope that the guy in the short video doesn't lose a hand or arm!! This would never float with OSHA standards. LOL

Thanks for sharing, I've never seen anything like it. I'll bet when it's mixed with the silk thread its lovely to touch and beautifully breezy.

Comment by Thea McCurry on May 25, 2011 at 8:28am

pina is hand woven in the Phillipines for men's shirts, called "Barong" - custom made and embroidered for $300+ depending on your preferences at

http://www.mybarong2.com/mens-barong-tagalog-customizer-pina-fabric...

it is very sheer - always worn over an 'undershirt'.

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