Pinilian 1


Pinilian 1
From the Floy Quintos Collection


This blanket is woven in the pinilian style. Pinilian means “divided” or “separated” referring to the grid or checkerboard style of the design.

Motifs of the pattern are horses, guava leaves and blossoms. This blanket is associated with the less wealthy class.


The planar pattern has symmetry group pmm.

Symmetries are:

  • 180° rotational symmetries about the centers of the blossoms and the centers where the guava leaves come together
  • Vertical and horizontal reflections whose axes intersect at a center of 180° rotation



Rubinstein, D. Fabric Treasures of the Philippines, Isla Center for the Arts at the University of Guam (1989).