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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The handkerchief is a fine example of a hand-embroidered textile (jusi) in the tradition of the masters of the craft. Floral sprays in relief embroidery and drawn thread work the delicate corners of the handkerchief. Fine relief embroidery also appears on all sides of this outstanding piece.

History of the Object
The piece features exquisite kalado or cut-openwork embroidery and the text of a forlorn poet embroidered with the use of blue thread. There is an urban legend surrounding the poem and it is said that the woman who owned it was jilted at the altar by her groom and that would explain the poem: “Te acuerdas cuando dijiste, Que primero habias de ver, Las estrellas en el suelo, que dejarme de querer. A mi triste Corazon, le tengo que castigar, Porque se atreve a querer, A quien le paga tan mal.” “Remember when you said first you would see The stars on the ground before ceasing to love me. Only my lonely heart have I to blame For daring to love someone who can only give pain.” (Translation courtesy of Ramon Villegas) A young woman of great means could have once owned this handkerchief in urban, lowland Christian Philippines.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Pineapple fiber or jusi 
Measurements
Width 47 cm. Length 46 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Philippines; Lowland, Christian community 
Geography
Philippines 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Handkerchief 
Acquisition
On a ten-year renewable loan from Rina Ortiz 
Copyright
This photograph and information pertaining to the artwork pictured herein may be used only once and only for the purpose of the Virtual Collection of Masterpieces (VCM) project. The image may not be cropped or manipulated. Credits (title of artwork, artist, collection/owner, and Ayala Museum) should always be included when publishing this photograph. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Rina Ortiz 
Museum
Ayala Museum 
Credit line
Rina Ortiz collection 

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