We define our designs by design extent (design category or main design) and by design elements. The three main barong designs according to the extent of the embellishments are classified into three categories namely PECHERA, RAYA, and ALL OVER. Our design elements are classified into three categories namely CLASSIC, MODERN and ETHNIC which can be combined to produce hybrid designs that may or may not conform to regular structures such as U, I or V design patterns.
Design Categories (Main Designs)
Pechera is a statement of plain simplicity with restrained embellishments. Substantial embellishments are on the front panel with scattered minor embellishments on the sleeves and back panel. A typical design starts on the chest area down surrounding the button placket making symmetrical forms following a U, I, or V pattern. Asymmetrical restrained embellishments also fall in this category.
Raya is a midway between extremes with moderate embellishments. Substantial embellishments are extended from the front panel to the sleeves and the back panel. It may or may not conform to a regular or formal structure or shape.
All over is a statement of sophistication with extreme embellishments. The embellishments can cover the entirety of the front panel only (Front All Over) or both the front and back panels as well as the sleeves (Full All Over).
A classic design is figurative and consists of elements derived from real objects such as plant leaves, flowers and other things that represent reality. It is usually complemented by calado, a type of hand embroidery used to elaborate designs by filling up the spaces between solid design elements.
A modern design is non-figurative and can be an organic abstraction that uses organic shapes and forms that are irregular or asymmetrical. It can also be a geometric abstraction that uses geometric shapes and forms. It may or may not be complemented by calado, a type of hand embroidery used to elaborate designs by filling up the spaces between solid design elements.
An ethnic design is a representation using ethnic motifs and patterns indigenous to a community or tribal culture. The design utilizes lines and shapes to depict abstract motifs and patterns using ethnic stitches.