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?
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:
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?