September 15, 2010

Hybrid

I have featured several formal Filipiniana gowns in this blog already. Now here is an example of formal Filipiniana menswear. The Barong Tagalog (literally, Tagalog clothes) is usually made of piña (pineapple) or jusi (abaca) silk fabrics which are both very thin and translucent. The even tone and smooth texture of the fabric of this shirt marks it as being made of jusi, piña being more textured. This particular Barong Tagalog is also a fusion piece, incorporating ikat details at the collar, cuffs and shirt front. The ikat weave is common among many South American and Asian countries. In the Philippines, ikat weaving is practiced mostly by ethnic tribes in Mindanao.

jusi Barong Tagalog with ikat details

17 comments:

Tash said...

So fine and beautiful example! Wow! I've always liked traditional Filipino men's formal shirts.

ρομπερτ said...

Looks as if made for a prince. Please have you all a good Wednesday.

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JM said...

Piña silk fabric? Amazing! It's a beautiful gown!

George said...

This is a beautiful shirt. The fabric is fantastic.

Olivier said...

cet habit est magnifique. Il a un coté royal

Dina said...

It is beautiful. Sure beats wearing a suit and tie.
Pineapple? No kidding!

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James Mark said...

Beautiful, but not for me; I'm a dull northern European! Some of us are a bit scared of colour and intricate design.

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

A beautiful piece of attire. My granddaughter is half Filipina, but her dad never wears anything remotely dressy alas.

Halcyon said...

Looks fancy! Not sure if my husband would wear something like that. ;)

Rob and Mandy said...

Oh my, that's absolutely gorgeous!

James said...

It looks fancy but also cool for the hot weather. I bet my washing machine would ruin it though. I don't like hand washing. :)

Jarart said...

It's very beautiful!

VP said...

Great! This is so elegant, I'm not sure if I have ever seen anything like this.

Francisca said...

This is a wonderful barong, Hilda! Unique! Does your husband wear them?

Misalyn said...

Ang ganda!

Gabby said...

Barongs would be great in Texas. Formal wear and hot/humid weather don't mix.