This is where the distinction comes from. We are known because of this one-of-a-kind feature. Our highly acclaimed fine thread works done by hand dramatically add character to each barong that we produce preserving the time-honored tradition of exquisite hand embroidery in Lumban, Laguna. We interpret the most intricate of barong embellishment designs using our broad selection of thread works done by our seasoned embroiderers.
Calado (or Callado) is a distinctive feature of our Barong Tagalog. This is a well known Lumban style of embroidery (Burdang Lumban) in which fibers are pulled out from the fabric to reduce the fiber count and the remaining intact fibers are then stitched up to make intricate lacy designs (open thread work). Calado is used to elaborate designs by filling up the spaces between solid design elements.
This method has already been adopted by other embroiderers outside of Lumban but the quality is subpar as the techniques are not preserved.
Hand embroidery is used to vividly execute barong embellishment designs. It requires a skilled embroiderer and the process is laborious and time consuming making hand-embroidered barong expensive.
This is the standard type of embroidery that we use in executing any type of design in piña, piña-silk, cotton-abaca, and cocoon fabrics and in executing ethnic designs in jusi fabric.
Machine embroidery, which is a cheaper option for hand embroidery, is manually done by a skilled embroiderer using an embroidery machine.
This is the standard type of embroidery that we use in executing classic and modern 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."
Since product value is important to us, we DO NOT recommend this feature using expensive fabric such as piña, piña-silk, or cotton-abaca.
SOME OF OUR CALADO STYLES
SOME OF OUR ETHNIC THREAD WORKS
SOME OF OUR CLASSIC THREAD WORKS