Pabalat: Pastillas Wrappers
Part of the Artes Populares: Likhang Sining ng Bayan series, this handy chapbook by Reynaldo G. Alejandro and Vicente Roman S. Santos features the 'pabalat', or intricately cut paper used to wrap sweets in Bulacan. The tradition originated in China and was also popular in Europe during the Victorian age as a pastime of court ladies in royal and noble households. An expression of the Filipino's sentimental longings, typical 'pabalat' designs include nipa huts and coconut trees, women pounding rice, birds in flight, flowers and fruits, and other images conveying idyllic beauty and other ideals.
Duende Publishing, Philippines
Softcover / 5.5 x 7.25 inches / 32 pages / Color