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Filipino costumes

4 August, 2008 (05:00) | decorative arts / textiles, southeast asia | By: xensen

filipina woman in native costume

The estimable Peacay of BibliOdyssey has posted a series of images of Filipino men and women in typical costumes. Most of the images, like this one, simply called “Old Woman,” are taken from a 1941 an 1841 book available online from the New York Public Library. While the images have a bit of the whiff of colonialism and the specimen book, they are still fascinating historical documents, not least as examples of the watercolor arts of the nineteenth-century.


Comment from peacay
Time: August 25, 2008, 6:29 am

Yes, remarkable how Spanish-looking are the subjects labelled ‘yndia’. I imagine a Spanish-speaking blogger would have more luck turning up further illustrated examples. I had a bit of a hamfisted search with some translated words but one assumes the majority of images are probably tucked away in historical travel books, without clear identifying data.

Comment from xensen
Time: August 25, 2008, 7:02 am

Thanks, peacay, for your comment, and for catching that typo.