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Story of the block
This centerpiece is hand-embroidered in the Philippines, specifically in Taal, Batangas, where many hand-embroidered materials are produced. The cream-colored, delicate fabric is made from soft and fine fibers of mature pineapple leaves or jusi (raw silk).
The hand-embroidery process involves several steps:
Fine embroidery is characterized by well-defined shapes on the pattern, smooth and even stitches, including embossed satin overlay and quality lattice work, and durable threads.
The unique and intricate artwork is an attraction to Philippine tourists and visitors. It comes in many creative forms and uses: tablecloth, napkins, placemats, bags and pouches, handkerchiefs, fans, shawls, blouses, dresses, gowns, and men’s shirts. These exquisite shirts (locally called “barong Tagalog”) are normally worn in weddings and formal occasions and have gained international recognition.