Barong Design Terms

We define our designs by design style, design form, and design pattern. The three barong styles according to the extent of the embellishments are PECHERA, RAYA, and ALL OVER. Our design patterns are classified into three categories namely CLASSIC, ETHNIC and GEOMETRIC which can be combined to produce hybrid designs that may or may not conform to a regular design form or structure.

Design Styles

Pechera

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

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

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). 

Design Forms

U

Ideal for half-open barongs

I

Ideal for full-open barongs

V

Ideal for half-open barongs

Extraordinary

Ideal for half-open or full-open barongs

Design Patterns

Classic

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.

Ethnic

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. 

Geometric

A geometric design is  abstraction that uses geometric shapes and forms. It may or may not be complemented with calado, a type of hand embroidery used to elaborate designs by filling up the spaces between solid design elements.

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