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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This was chosen because it is difficult to obtain and because of the work involved. It was also chosen as an exceptional example of the pineapple fabric collection of the Museum.

History of the Object
The pineapple fiber is noteworthy for its transparency and brilliance. It was used for weaving, and it is still used by taking full advantage of the bottom part of the ripe leaves of the wild pineapple. With the fibers, they made dresses, shirts, and scarves that were hand embroidered. Usually, the upper classes wore them as a social status symbol, but currently the process requires a lot of work and time (preparing the threads to weave and hand embroider), so very few are produced. The pineapple "scarf" was used by women as an accessory to their apparel. Its edges are completely embroidered with floral motifs and fretwork, and then raised.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Embroidered piña cloth; pineapple fabric 
Measurements
Width 70 cm. Length 70 cm.  
Creator name
Grupo Tagalog 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Philippines; Manila 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century; ca. 1870 
Function
Female Apparel 
Acquisition
In 1887, a monographic exhibition about the Philippines took place in Madrid with the objective of showing the natural products of those islands, as well as its industry and crafts. It was thought that this would help support trade between those remote lands and the metropolis. Then, an important collection of products and objects belonging to the various groups who inhabited the islands were sent to Madrid. This represented their different economic activities, apparel, ornaments, domestic housewares, musical instruments, ritual objects, weapons, etc. When this exhibition was closed, the Library Museum of High Seas (Museo Biblioteca de Ultramar) was created with all of the collections, both objects and bibliographies. In 1908, this museum was closed and the majority of its collections were passed on to become part of the National Museum of Anthropology. 
Copyright
Museo Nacional de Antropología Ministerio de Cultura 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museo Nacional de Antropología Ministerio de Cultura 
Museum
National Museum of Anthropology 
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