Pina (Pineapple fiber)
is extracted from the leaves of the pineapple plant, Ananas
Pineapple fiber is considered to be more delicate in texture
than any other vegetable fiber. About 60 cm long, white and
creamy and lustrous as silk, it easily takes and retains dyes.
Numerous tests in Brazil, Florida, India and the Philippines
have shown its exceptional resistance to salt, vapor and
traction. Pineapple fiber has also been processed into paper of
remarkable thinness, smoothness and pliability.
Pina fiber can be extracted by hand-scraping, decortications or
retting. However, it is only by hand-scraping that good quality
fibers are produced for hand weaving.
Composition of Pina (Pineapple fibre):
It has been found that pina consists of following chemical
Lignin – 4.78%.
This composition gives the thermoplastic composite for
construction application. Apart from this dietary fibre is also
of great importance for commercial purposes.
Hand-scraped pina fiber is hand woven into fabric. The plain
woven fabrics are transformed into intricately-designed and
luxurious fabrics, garments and novelty items by hand
embroiderers of Lumban, Laguna and Taal, Batangas.
The weavers also revived the production of “sinuksok or pinili”,
pina cloth with inlaid design. Today, pina weavers are also
into the production of piña seda cloth (pina fiber blended with
The much sought after piña fabric is converted into valuable
items such as Barong Tagalog, kimona, panuelo, vestments, table
linen, pillow cases, gowns, shawls, fans and other items. Noted
couturiers in the local fashion scene are using the fabric for
their creations for fashion shows here and abroad.
Decorticated piña fiber is blended with polyester and used for
textile production through the mechanized process. Other
application of deco piña is for handmade paper.
Can be added with other allied fibers to improve their
quality and application
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