Dress, Status, and Identity in the Philippines: Pineapple Fiber Cloth and Ilustrado Fashion

  title={Dress, Status, and Identity in the Philippines: Pineapple Fiber Cloth and Ilustrado Fashion},
  author={Mina Roces},
  journal={Fashion Theory},
  pages={341 - 372}
  • M. Roces
  • Published 1 June 2013
  • History
  • Fashion Theory
Abstract Piña cloth signaled the epitome of luxury, refinement, and wealth in nineteenth-century Philippines. Woven from the delicate threads of the fiber of the pineapple plant in a labor-intensive process that produced only half an inch a day in the nineteenth century to a meter a day today, it was a textile unique to the Philippines. This article analyzes the connections between cloth, dress, status, class, and national identity from the nineteenth-century Spanish colonial era to the present… 
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