Piñatex – Carmen Hijosa – (Spain)

Kingdom: Vegetabile.


“Develops a sustainable textile made of pineapple leaves’ fibres as an alternative to leather.

After 15 years of working in the design and manufacturing of leather goods, Carmen Hijosa, a Spanish citizen, was sent to the Philippines to help develop the leather industry. Her intense research on pineapple fibres led to the development of a new material, Piñatex™, and the creation of the company Ananas Anam (https://www.ananas-anam.com/).

Produced through an environment-friendly process, Piñatex™ is a versatile textile that can be used for fashion, accessories and upholstery. Carmen and her team established partnerships with factories in the Philippines and Spain. Samples of Piñatex™ have been sold to companies who are working on prototypes. The company is currently at the stage of preparing its colour collections. ” (Carmen Hijosa, 2015)

Material Qualities

Kingdom Attributes

  • Matte
  • Textured
  • Warm
  • Expendable
  • Rough
  • Discontinue Surface Pattern
  • Light
  • Irregular

Specific Material Attributes

  • Translucent
  • Sonorous
  • Cheap
  • Fluffy
  • Warm
  • Flexible
  • Bumpy
  • Colorless
  • Airy
  • Functional

Basic Ingredients

  • Agar Powder
  • Sugar
  • Water




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– Hijosa, C. (2015) Piñatex. Retrieved from https://www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/candidate/carmen-hijosa