This is where the distinction comes from. We boast a broad selection of intricate hand thread work styles that are preserved by our artisans. The thread work styles that we use are hand-picked to bring the decorative details to perfection. This one-of-a-kind feature dramatically adds character to each barong that we make.
Hand embroidery requires a skilled embroiderer and the process is laborious and time consuming making hand-embroidered barongs expensive.
This is the standard embroidery method that we use in executing any type of designs in piña, piña-silk, and abaca fabrics and in executing ethnic designs in cocoon and jusi fabrics.
Our machine embroidery is done by a skilled embroiderer using an embroidery machine. This is the standard embroidery method that we use in executing traditional and art deco designs in jusi fabric. In order to elevate the overall finish, this is usually complemented by calado which is done by hand that's why a barong embellished this way is also called "hand and machine embroidered barong."
To support our artisans, we don't offer computerized or automatic machine embroidery which is a cheaper option for budget barongs.
Calado (or Callado) is a distinctive feature of our Barong Tagalog. This is a well known Lumban style of embroidery (Burdang Lumban) in which the fibers are pulled out from the fabric to reduce the fiber count and the remaining intact fibers are then stitched together into a variety of open thread work patterns. Calado creates intricacy and adds texture to the barong embellishments. It is also used to create depth to make a specific pattern or design element look prominent and defined.