Tropical ties that bind

30 August - 03 November 2019
Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA Campus 1, 80 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189655

Hand fan, Pamaypay, Lumban, Laguna 2019 Pineapple, silk, cotton threads and wood, 24 x 43 cm
Piña-Seda, also known as Pineapple Silk, is considered the queen of Philippine fabrics and the fabric of choice of
the Philippine elite.


In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Singapore and the Philippines, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and the Embassy of the Philippines in Singapore are proud to present Piña-Seda: Pineapple and Silk Cloths from the Tropics, a Hibla ng Lahing Filipino travelling exhibition co-organised by the National Museum of the Philippines and the Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda. Celebrating indigenous Filipino artistry through textiles, the exhibition will be held from 30 August to 6 October 2019 at Lim Hak Tai Gallery at NAFA Campus 1.

Piña-Seda: Pineapple and Silk Cloths from the Tropics is an exploration of the historical depth and richness of tradition and its creative impact on the arts and culture in today’s context. The presentation reflects NAFA’s ongoing initiatives to enrich the learning experience and creative imaginations of its students, artists, and faculty, leveraging on the vast arts and cultural heritage of the Southeast Asian region.

“Indigenous Southeast Asian traditions in art and culture are a profound resource for our art students and lecturers, who are themselves practitioners. Exposure to a concise capsule featuring valuable, hand crafted historical objects as well as the cultural contexts and technology employed in such enterprise, is paramount to enhance and enrich the learning experience of our student body.” said Dr Bridget Tracy Tan, Director, Institute of Southeast Asian Arts & Art Galleries, NAFA.

The exhibition showcases more than 30 raw materials and textiles from piña and silk weaving centres in Aklan and La Union respectively, and an embroidery centre in Laguna, Philippines, including a piña foot loom and a video documentary of piña weaving in the province of Aklan. Having traversed the globe since 2017, this exhibition has been warmly received by the public, including textile researchers and enthusiasts in over 10 major cities across Asia, Europe and the United States.

“The Philippine Embassy is pleased to work with the National Museum of the Philippines, the Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda and NAFA in bringing to Singapore the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Travelling Exhibition as part of its Asian tour. This exhibit is part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of PH-SG diplomatic relations this year. The exhibition is an opportunity to showcase an aspect of the Philippines’ rich legacy of indigenous textiles. Truly, Southeast Asia presents a diverse tapestry of indigenous textile traditions and the Philippines is proud to contribute to that,” said Joseph Del Mar Yap, the Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Singapore.

Dr Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador, Deputy Director General of the National Museum of the Philippines, also added that, “In terms of Philippine textile traditions, we, through this exhibition seek to present, inform and promote through displays and actual demonstrations and workshops by leading expert practitioners, one of the most prominent and sophisticated of these, and one of great general appeal worldwide, which is that of Piña-Seda, the famous Pineapple Silk of the Philippines that is truly unique to the country, from past centuries until the present day.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by lectures, Piña-Seda weaving demonstrations and embroidery workshops to be conducted by local specialists from the provinces of Aklan and Laguna. Through these corollary programmes, the project seeks to provide visitors with a deeper appreciation of the artistry and tradition of the weaving and embroidering of ancestral and traditional Filipino textiles, as well as its cultural importance in contemporary society.

Annex 1 – Selected works and details of Piña-Seda – Pineapple and Silk Cloths from the Tropics

Exhibition Details
Piña-Seda - Pineapple and Silk Cloths from the Tropics

30 August - 6 October 2019
Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA Campus 1
11am - 7 pm, daily (Closed on Mondays)
Free admission

Public Programmes
Free admission

Piña Fiber Scraping, Weaving and Embroidery Demonstration
By Balete, Aklan piña-seda weavers, Ms. Raquel R. Eliserio and Mr. Carlo R. Eliserio and Lumban, Laguna piña-seda embroiderers, Ms. Lolita J. Pereza and Mr. Loreto D. Maestre, Jr.

2 - 4 September 2019
Lim Hak Tai Gallery, NAFA Campus 1
2.30pm - 5pm
Registration is not required

Lecture Series
Speakers from the National Museum of the Philippines and Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, and Balete, Aklan piña-seda weavers Ms. Raquel R. Eliserio and Mr. Carlo Eliserio, will share an overview of the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Program and discuss the challenges and sustainability of piña-seda weaving in the Philippines.

2 - 4 September 2019
NAFA Campus 1, Seminar Room, #02-08
10am - 11.30am
Registration is required with [email protected]

Embroidery Workshops
By Lumban, Laguna piña-seda embroiderers, Ms. Lolita J. Pereza and Mr. Loreto D. Maestre, Jr.

30 August 2019 (10am - 12pm)
Textile and Fashion Federation
The Cocoon Space, Design Orchard
250 Orchard Road #02-01, Singapore 238905
Registration is required with [email protected]

2 September 2019 (11.30 am - 1pm)
3 - 4 September 2019 (1 - 2.30pm)
NAFA Campus 1 Wing B, Seminar Room, #02-08
Registration is required with [email protected]