1. After the pineapple harvest in the Philippines, the leaves (which would previously have been binned or burned) are collected in bundles for the long fibres to be extracted using semi-automatic machines. (The farmers receive an additional income for the pineapple leaves purchased by Piñatex.)
2. The fibres are then washed and dried naturally by the sun or in drying ovens during the rainy season. The dry fibres go through a purification process, which creates a fluffy material that’s then mixed with a corn-based material to create Piñafelt.
3. The rolls of Piñafelt are shipped by boat from the Philippines to Spain or Italy where they are coated and finished using resin certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to give additional strength, durability and water resistance.
4. This material is then used by three master artisans in Italy to make Mārīcī’s limited-edition luxury handbags that are crafted in the same factory as Bottega Veneta.