"Kamayan", or "by hand", is also used to refer to the Filipinx tradition of eating a meal communally with your bare hands, no plates or utensils necessary. But after Spanish and American colonization, Filipinx peoples were introduced to "kubyertos", or cutlery as a means of eating "properly," according to colonizers. Over time, the fork and spoon became an icon of Filipinx kitchen – an oversized fork and spoon can often be found hanging on the walls. Meant to symbolize bounty and prosperity, the fork and spoon can also serve as a covert reminder of the longstanding effects of Western colonization.
This print is a modern interpretation of the fork and spoon, a 2D means of representing years of Filipinx tradition. Hang in your kitchen or dining room for a pop of color AND as a conversation starter to discuss the hundreds of years of Western colonization in the Philippines. 🙃
Click here for a brief history of the use of utensils in the Philippines by Jenn de la Vega at Taste Cooking.
8" x 10" inkjet art print, printed on matte finish 230gsm acid-free paper.