Philippine National Museum

This is an addendum to the regular post and has only a limited email distro.

This wasn’t all that long a day, but I had pretty much wiped out after walking around and three floors of the museum. I had headed back down to the central courtyard and was waiting on George when he gave me a call. The fourth floor was devoted to fiber/handwork exhibits so back up I went.

The spinning equipment on exhibit simple hand spindles, what looks like a skein winder with sections on the main fibers and dyes – with all the colors displayed on shuttle bobbins.

there were fabrics made off back-strap looms

ridged heddle –

and from floor looms –

then there is the surface embroidery like this piece with a closeup –

or these


with some really amazing finished items –


Since these exhibits were focused on traditional methods, symbols, patterns, there was nothing of what you routinely see in North America/Europe etc. Wool is not an issue here, rather jute (and other plant fibers) & silk form the base fibers.  You are not seeing knitting, crochet, tatting, bobbin lace etc because these aren’t traditional crafts.

I have much larger photos of most of the things. If you need them, just email.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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