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The Philippine 'Islands.
of cotton, silk, hemp, bamboo, and pia,athe fibre of the pineapple leaf. The merely well-to-do and poorer classes wear clothes woven of cotton, silk, and pifSa, or of pina and hemp, or of hemp or bamboo. But the glory of the wealthy, Spaniard or Meztizo, man or woman, are
their garments of pure pineapple-leaf fibre, called jusi. This is durable and almost priceless. A small jusi handkerchief is worth $50. So delicate is the thread, that, in weaving, it is protected by gauze from the gentlest breeze. The costliness of the material, therefore, is due to the difficulties of the weaver and to the time and patience necessary to produce even a single inch.
The missionaries, as well, taught the native the arts of living; of being more comfortable in his house, and
a wealthy mestiza of the upper class.
out of it; of making
bricks and tiles, and of building and adorning churches. Andbricks and tiles, and of building and adorning churches. And