January 1, 2018

Women in Calaca Weaving Cotton, c. 1905-1915

A photo of women weaving cotton in Calaca, Batangas during the American colonial era.  Image source:  University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
A photo of women weaving cotton in Calaca, Batangas during the American colonial era.  Image source:  University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
The picture above has been taken from the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. Originally submitted to the archive by one Alfred W. McCoy, it is titled “Women ginning, carding, spinning and weaving cotton, Calaca, Batangas, 1905-1915.”

It may come as a surprise to some that cotton used to be planted in Batangas. In fact, there is a variety of cotton that is called “Batangas white.” There are many historical documents that mention cotton planting in Batangas from the Spanish colonial era to World War II.

The picture has been processed using graphic software to lighten dark spots and improve sharpness and overall clarity, then colorized courtesy of Algorithmia.



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