the legend of the pineapple (in papercut)

On any given day, I will have at least a dozen crafty thoughts. They range from new patterns/designs of crafts I am familiar with (e.g. sewing) to ideas best executed using skills I barely have (e.g. papercutting).

I get only about half of these ideas accomplished, though. Success rate is high when inspiration hits me while caffeinated. Take this papercut retelling of The Legend of the Pineapple.

I have been trying to come up with crafty ways to retell Philippine legends. I wanted something less straightforward than drawing or painting, though. One coffee afternoon session brought about the paper cut idea.

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Check out the legend below. I added commentary here and there, because of course. Haha!

 There was once a woman who lived in a farm with her daughter, Pina*.

One day, the woman got sick and asked her daughter to make her some porridge. After the initial protests, Pina agreed. But because she was quite the lazy-*ss (or because she needed her eyes checked), she kept asking where the cooking utensils were.

In exasperation, the woman wished that her daughter had a thousand eyes. The heavens responded with lightnings and thunders of foreboding.

After a while, the woman noticed the silence from the kitchen. She looked for her daughter everywhere until she saw a strange fruit in their yard. It had a thousand eyes. 


Moral lesson: Get your eyes checked. Also, don’t go wishing for things on a stormy day.

*Our word for pineapple is piña.

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4 thoughts on “the legend of the pineapple (in papercut)

  1. HOW INTERESTING . . . your Philippine “Legend of the Pineapple” with the accompanying paper cut design! Inspiration came to fruition, “while caffeinated.” Thanks for sharing this unique folktale. Sarah in Minneapolis

  2. The moral lesson got me. hahaha! I wish I had your talent(will wish this on a stormy day).

    P.S. I am backreading your posts! very interesting blog.

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