Monday, October 16, 2006

Jusi (Pine Cloth) Goes Mainstream

Potatoes, pineapples to dress environmentally-minded fashionistas
Oct 16 10:18 AM US/Eastern

Excerpt from news article:

"...At another stand, Grace Trance, from San Francisco-based Grace Trance Designs, is showing off a skirt made of pineapple fibers, called pina cloth.
The skirts are a yellow colour but do not come from the fruit itself, but rather from the pina leaves.
"The tradition comes from the Philippines," Trance said, "where the leaves are used to make barong shirts. The leaves are softened and the fibers are stripped from them." ..."

My Grandfather (left in glasses) wearing the barong in the early 1960's... (to his left, my Mom):