The background pattern was inspired by a head-wrap textile by the muslim Yakan people in the Philippines (though, many of these folks do not consider themselves Pilipino). The dress the figure on the left is wearing is the national feminine garb of the colonial Pilipina but it is made with pineapple fibers, an indigenous textile. The fiber was encouraged by the Spanish missionaries so that we Pilipinos could not conceal weapons (it is relatively see through, moreso the masculine attire, the Barong). The dress has a nickname (Maria Clara) that is borrowed from Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not), a book written by Jose Rizal in the 1800s. It is the only Philippine national clothing that is named after a piece of literature. The literature itself inspired a revolution against the Spanish colonizers of the Philippines. The common word for the dress is Filipiniana, meaning a collection of information about the Philippine peple (literature, books, scrolls). The Aswang or manananggal is both pre-colonial and a product of colonization. It is the shadow. The almighty and hidden power of the feminine. I am all about getting seduced by her.
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