Binakael (binakel, binakol, binakul) (transliterated, "to do a sphere") is a type of weaving pattern traditional in the Philippines. Patterns consisting entirely of straight lines are woven so as to create the illusion of curves and volumes. A sense of motion is also sought. Designs are geometric, but often representational. The techniques create op-art designs, and were popular by the late 19th century, when the United States colonized the Philippines, and American museums collected many traditional Philippine textiles.
Binakael patterns may use a two-block rep weave, making them double-sided, but with colour reversal.
Mara Coson's novel "Aliasing" was inspired by binakael weave.
- So you think you know your local weaves? (20 October 2017).
- Text to Textile.
- Binakol: Craft.
- Art of the Loom: Weaving the Story That Is the Binakul, Exhibit, Yuchengco Museum from December 9, 2013 to January 25, 2014.
- Johnson, Kathleen Forance; Tsai, Yushan. "A Weaver Looks at Tinguian Blankets". Textile Society of America Newsletter. 23 (Fall 2011).
- "Mara Coson's debut novel talks about ‘history’ through Dolphy, Macabebe Marie, and the Ibong Adarna", May 15, 2019.