Piña – Silk Cocoon
- story by MaterialDistrict
Some of Windochine’s most elegant and refined textiles are created of pineapple fibre, or piña, a strong white or creamy cobweb-like fibre drawn from the tall leaves of an indigenous wild pineapple plant. The fibre is hand stripped from the leaves in lengths of about 18 inches to 3 feet, sun-bleached, hand knotted and spun.
As piña fibre recovery is only about 1%, it can take six months to gather enough fibre to produce two pounds of spun piña. Windochine’s finished products are both pure piña of differing weights from feathery gauze to sheer, and combinations using spun cocoon silk in dense, highly textural designs like the material showed at the photos at the left.
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