World leaders to don pineapple shirts for Philippines Apec summit

The “barong tagalog” holds a special place in a Filipino man’s closet, reserved for special events like weddings. It also serves as his burial shroud. The cloth is made from the hard, spiked leaves from the pineapple’s crown, which are pounded and dried. For the leaders’ shirts, Cabral mixed it with silk to make it more comfortable.

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