Embroidered camisa (blouse)

about 1800

Object Place: Philippine

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

pina and silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



This camisa was made in Manila about 1800. The pattern of the embroidery is “very old fashioned”, as is the fashion of turning back the cuff. The embroidered drawn work is the native substitute for lace. The Spaniards taught the Filipinas lace-making, and it is used by foreigners, but rarely by natives. This specimen is in fairly good condition. It is not starched.


Lent by Miss Anna D. Slocum, September 11, 1913. Gift to MFA on November 13, 1941

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Laura Slocum and Mr. William H. Slocum in the name of their sister Miss Anna D. Slocum