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The island of Panay has a centuries-old tradition of piña weaving that began during the Spanish colonial period. Kalibo, Aklan, in particular, is known to be the oldest and primary manufacturer of piña, and many Aklanons earn a living from piña weaving.
Calado work on pina
Embroidery on Piña
Piña is considered the queen of Philippine fabrics because of its expensive and luxurious nature. Recognized as “elite” wear, piña is usually reserved for special and prestigious occasions such as weddings and formal events. Its delicate appearance belies its strength and durability.
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