In our latest post in our series about fabric made from plants, we take a look at piña, a fabric made from pineapple leaves and used in traditional Filipino clothing. Check out our first post about blazers made from lotus flower fiber.
The Lotus flower, or Nelumbo nucifera, has long been a revered plant in Asia, where it serves as a divine symbol for both Buddhists and Hindus. (The name "Padma," like the moniker for Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi, actually means "lotus.") Revered for its unsullied beauty rising out of the mud, lotus flowers are also popular for water gardens and can be grown from seed.