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- n. fabric made from banana plant fibers
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fabric made by the natives of the Philippine Islands from the fibers of the leafstalks of the abaca (Musa textilis), usually mixed with fibers of silk, cotton, piña, etc.
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Feathered fascinators, huge round sinamay disc styles as worn by Zara Philips, and square silk crowns are proving the most sought after, but 1970s floppiness, straw trilbies and cloches are predicted to be an essential companion to casual summerwear thanks to the influence of Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.
The jusi, made from the jusi that comes in the thread from China, is colored to suit the fancy of the individual, but is not extensively used by the natives, who usually prefer the abuka, piña, or sinamay, which are products of the abuka tree, or pineapple fibre.
Along the coasts of the large inhabited islands the Chinese travelled as traders or middlemen, at great personal risk of attack by individual robbers, bartering the goods of manufacturers for native produce, which chiefly consisted of sinamay cloth, shark-fin, balate (trepang), edible birds'-nests, gold in grain, and siguey-shells, for which there was a demand in Siam for use as money.
As it was not belted down, it crept out and lent a comical suggestion of zouave jacket to the camisa, or waist, of _sinamay_ (a kind of native cloth made of hemp fibres).
The men are agricultural laborers; the women, seamstresses, house servants, and wet nurses, and they also do the beautiful embroideries, the hat-plaiting, the weaving of piña, sinamay, and jusi, and the other local industries which are carried on by the upper class.
 Perhaps Morga alludes to the _sinamay_, which was woven from abaká, or filament of the plant _Musa textilis_.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 16 of 55 1609 Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions of the Islands and Their Peoples, Their History and Records of the Catholic Missions, as Related in Contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts, Showing the Political, Economic, Commercial and Religious Conditions of Those Islands from Their Earliest Relations with European Nations to the Close of the Nineteenth Century
Only the old Sage went his way as usual in his dark-striped sinamay camisa buttoned up to the neck, loose shoes, and wide gray felt hat.
Princess Beatrice arrived in a bright blue suit, from Angela Kelly, and matching hat, while Princess Eugenie, wore an oyster and brown outfit from the same designer, with a large, sinamay silk angled hat.
She sells straw Easter bonnets with flowers and colorful brims, although she said these days, Easter hats are whatever you feel like wearing - whether it's a Western-style hat or one made from delicate, almost translucent, sinamay.
 Perhaps Morga alludes to the sinamay, which was woven from abaká, or filament of the plant Musa textilis.
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