plant fabrics

plant fabrics

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Many of the Philippine's traditional outfits are made from piña, a fabric woven from pineappple leaves. We take a look at the dual influence of Spain and the Philippines on this unusual fabric, starting with the very existence of the pineapple itself.
In a small town in Southeast Asia, women use lotus flower fiber to weave a very rare and very expensive fabric. Originally meant for monks, the fabric is now being used by Italian fashion house Loro Piana, but the fabric remains banned in the United States. We take a look at how this sacred plant was transformed into a $5,600 jacket.