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Piñatex™ is Born to Truly Challenge the Textile Market

22 Dec 2014

Piñatex™ is Born to Truly Challenge the Textile Market


Our new textile was presented at the Royal College of Art as a revolutionary sustainable & versatile material that can only bring good news to the market.

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Piñatex with its Ginto finishing

Last 12th December the Royal College of Art held the first public presentation of Piñatex, a new sustainable textile made from the pineapple leaf fibres, a by-product of the pineapple harvest, created and developed by Dr Carmen Hijosa, social entrepreneur and founder of Ananas Anam Ltd after 5 years of thorough research and development taken place in the Philippines, UK and Spain.

Dr Hijosa has a track record in the design and manufacture of leather goods, selling through her own company in Ireland (1978 – 1995) and supplying key retail outlets including Harrods and Liberties in London. While working in the Philippines as a consultant to the Product Development and Design Center of the Philippines in the ‘90s, Dr Hijosa became aware of the qualities of pineapple leaf fibres – their finesses andstrength – and began to explore possible ways to develop a new textile material that can be used as an alternative to leather and petroleum based textiles.

After those years of research and development, the new material Piñatex is born and Ananas Anam Ltd founded. Today, our company is a small but strong and well-coordinated team of diverse nationalities, backgrounds and skills. We all share the same vision and are driven by the same aim: to develop natural textiles that can have a positive impact on the world of materials.

During the presentation, held at the Royal College of Art in London, participants displayed their designs using exclusively Piñatex, showcasing its main characteristic: versatility.

Puma’s Suede shoe prototype with natural Piñatex™ textile

Puma shoe prototype

Camper’s Pelotas shoe prototype using natural Piñatex™ and Ginto golden finishing

Camper shoe prototype

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Pouffe by John Jenkins Designs in collaboration with Ulterior design Upholstery using natural Piñatex™ and Ginto finishing

John Jenkins Pouffe

Clutch bag by Ally Capellino based on Piñatex™ dyed in light brown colour

Ally Capellino Clutch bag

 

Car seat by Auto Interior of London in 100% natural Piñatex™

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Bags by SmithMatthias using natural Piñatex™ and Ginto finishing

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Hats by Julia Georgallis & Dustin Jessen made from Piñatex™, dyed with natural red pigment.

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Body adornment by Dagmar Kestner, using various Piñatex™ finishings

body adornment by Dagmar Kestner

Phone Accessories by Carmen Hijosa using natural Piñatex™ and Ginto finishing

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While using Piñatex™ designers uncovered its unique qualities, as quoted by Alison Lloyd, designer at Ally Capellino “I see Piñatex™ as an original and renewable fabric that our customers might love”. “As a matter of fact, it is definitely the time for sustainability”, as Dr Claire Pajaczkowska, professor at RCA, stated during the presentation “5 years ago the Royal College of Art did not have a strong sustainability agenda, today it has a whole department”.

Piñatex™ is born to stay and revolutionise the textile world.


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