Monday, June 18, 2012

Piña In Modern Filipino Weddings

No fabric is probably more uniquely Filipino than piña. It is a testament to our colorful history and is one of the finest products of Filipino craftsmanship. Painstakingly handwoven from the pineapple fiber, the piña fabric is identified with traditional formals and is the deluxe choice for Filipiniana wedding gowns and barongs. In this age of themed weddings and modern celebrations, however, can the piñafabric still be relevant?
Piñaflor, a Lumban-based wedding shop specializing in piña fabrics and embroidery, tells us how.

Piña and Beach Weddings
With the Philippines dotted with beautiful islands and beaches, both locals and foreigners alike cannot resist saying their I Do’s with the ocean and sunset as their wedding backdrop. As what Ms. Mae Anonuevo, manager of Piñaflor, shares, “what could be a more perfect match to a beach wedding celebration than a fabric originating from a tropical fruit?”

The piña fabric, which can be used as wedding attire or wedding theme accents, can hold gracefully against strong ocean breeze with its firm material. It is also cool and lightweight enough for warm, outdoor celebrations. More importantly, its  glossy quality lends elegance, making a bride’s wedding gown looks chic even in a informal, beach wedding party.

Piña and Garden Weddings
Another popular wedding theme nowadays is garden wedding celebrations. And why not, as we have picturesque garden wedding venues in the areas of AntipoloTagaytayBaguio and even in the midst of metropolitan Manila.
Ms. Anonuevo says that contrary to what most brides might think,piña fabric is not just limited to its usual off-white or ivory color.Piñaflor can dye the fabric with different colors to make it look modern and exciting.  Or they can put a modern twist on the timelesspiña fabric by handpainting it with either pastel or bright hues, whichever complements the garden wedding theme.  More than adding colors, this art of handpainting an already handwoven fabric makes any bridal gown not just high-end couture but a true art form.