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Binakael (binakel, binakol, binakul[1]) (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.[2] A sense of motion is also sought.[3] Designs are geometric, but often representational. The techniques create op-art designs, and were popular by the late 19th century,[4] 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.[5]

In culture

Mara Coson's novel "Aliasing" was inspired by binakael weave.[6]

  1. So you think you know your local weaves? (20 October 2017).
  2. Text to Textile.
  3. Binakol: Craft.
  4. Art of the Loom: Weaving the Story That Is the Binakul, Exhibit, Yuchengco Museum from December 9, 2013 to January 25, 2014.
  5. Johnson, Kathleen Forance; Tsai, Yushan. "A Weaver Looks at Tinguian Blankets". Textile Society of America Newsletter. 23 (Fall 2011).
  6. "Mara Coson's debut novel talks about ‘history’ through Dolphy, Macabebe Marie, and the Ibong Adarna", May 15, 2019.