Nat’l Museum brings Piña-Seda exhibit to US

IN a bid to continuously bring Filipino creativity and artistry of the Filipino to the world, the National Museum of the Philippines has brought the Piña-Seda exhibit to the United States, this time in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The NMP led by Director and Chief Curator Dr. Ana Maria Theresa Labrador opened the Hibla ng Lahing Pilipino traveling exhibit at the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco on August 5, 2019. The exhibit will run until the end of the month.

The NMP brought weavers and embroiderers from Aklan and Laguna as they conducted lectures, demonstrations and workshops for Filipino-Americans as well as other nationalities in the Bay Area. A one-day lecture and workshop series was also conducted at the California Academy of Sciences which was participated in by other nationalities.

Labrador said the exhibit has provided a valuable opportunity to showcase and highlight the creativity and artistry of the Filipinos not only to Filipino-Americans but the rest of the world.

Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, represented by her chief of staff Tala Maralit, also sponsored the event.

Legarda said she will continue to support the Piña-Seda traveling exhibit because it is a unique initiative to let other nations know the value and beauty of Philippine fabrics.

“The Hibla ng Lahing Filipino textile gallery was born in 2012 in two small rooms of the National Museum of the Philippines. Today, I am filled with pride because from the simple rooms that first housed the textile gallery, Hibla has now gone international. It all started with a vision to have our own textile gallery in the Philippines because there is so much to show the world about the indigenous artistry of Filipinos through traditional textiles and I have proven this with the numerous visits I had to various weaving communities around the Philippines. Their diligence, creativity and passion are truly remarkable,” Legarda added.

The Hibla ng Lahing Filipino has been going around the world since 2017. It was first launched in London and has gone to Lisbon, Madrid, Frankfurt, New York, Washington DC, Hawaii and Tokyo. It is set to travel to Singapore, Thailand, Mexico and Argentina this year.

Legarda said thousands had witnessed and taken part in the series of events receiving positive response from participants from all over the world.

Philippine Consul General Henry Bensurto Jr., head of Mission of the Philippine Consulate in San Francisco, said he is proud to part of the traveling exhibit as it is consistent with his own advocacy of sparking, connecting and empowering Filipinos all over the world.

Piña-Seda has been one of the well-known and enduring traditional style of clothing. Piña is a fabric derived from pineapple and seda is silk produced from cocoons made by silkworms. Piña combined with seda exudes elegance as fine and delicate as pineapple and as smooth and luxurious as silk.