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Cloth Fragment

Object Number:2016-20-24
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Philippine Islands
Visayan Islands
Manufacture Location: Iloilo Province
Panay
Date Made: Before 1904
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Abaca
Cotton
Technique:Hand Woven
Length: 50.6 cm
Width: 40.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2016
Other Number:1994.x.13636 - Other Number

Description

Length of cloth woven from abaca (banana fiber) and cotton. Squares outlined in blue, brown, white cotton thread. Plain weave. Torn in many places, holes. Tags attached read: (1) “SINAMAY CLOTH / Made of abaca and cotton. / Woven by hand. / Used for making clothing. / Philippine Islands.” (2) “Sinamay / abacá + cotton / Santa Barbara, Iloilo / P. 9.” In the Philippines, fabric woven from abaca is known as sinamay. Sinamay was used in the 1800s to make a variety of garments, such as ankle-length skirts called saya and wrap-around skirts called tapis. Displayed at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904.

Bibliography:

[Book] Guatlo, Rene E. 2013. A Journey Through Philippine Handwoven Textiles.. Makati City. Habi, the Philippine Textile Council. General Reference : Page/Fig./Plate: 24-27View Objects related to this General Reference
[Book] Montinola, Lourdes R. 1991. Piña.. Metro Manila. Amon Foundation. pg. 232 General Reference : Page/Fig./Plate: 126View Objects related to this General Reference
[Article] Eicher, Joanne B., and Dhamija, Jasleen, and Capistrano-Baker, Florina H., and Castro, Sandra B. 2010. "Philippines: Central". Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Oxford. Berg Publishers. Vol. 4. pg. 337–342 General Reference : Page/Fig./Plate: 377-342View Objects related to this General Reference

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