Fabric Selection

The most important element in constructing a barong is choosing the perfect fabric. The fabric greatly affects the look of a barong in a way influencing the appearance of the person wearing it. To suit your taste and budget, we offer five (5) fabric options to choose from. Each fabric has its own individual character and charm. Therefore, a wise choice of fabric can result in exquisite fashion that can be carried over into the way you carry yourself. And this, in turn, makes wearing your barong more fun. Get to know each fabric below:

Pure Piña (Piña Liniwan) is a fabric made from the fine lustrous fibers (liniwan or linawan) derived from the leaves of pineapple plants. It has a yellow tinge and when you examine the fabric closely, you will notice intertwined fibers (longitudinal warp and transverse weft) with uneven thickness typical of piña fibers. Extracting piña fibers is laborious and this labor intensive process makes the piña fabric expensive.

The elegant piña fabric is the finest of all Philippine hand-woven fabric.

Other important info:  Very limited supply. The texture and shade vary widely from source to source. The usual width is between 28-30 inches so the maximum barong chest, waist, or hip measurement it can accommodate is between 52-56 inches only depending on the available supply.

Barong Price Range: PHP 10,000 - 30,000

Piña-Silk (Piña-Seda) is a woven fabric from piña and silk fibers. It has a yellow tinge which is lighter than that of pure piña. When you examine this fabric closely, you will notice the silk fibers running lengthwise (longitudinal warp) with mostly even thickness intertwined with the noticeable piña fibers (transverse weft) with uneven thickness. 

Other important info:  The texture and shade vary widely from source to source. The usual width is between 28-30 inches so the maximum barong chest, waist, or hip measurement it can accommodate is between 52-56 inches only depending on the available supply.

Barong Price Range: PhP 6,000 - 25,000 

Cotton-Abaca is a woven fabric from cotton yarn and abaca fibers (extracted from the leaf sheet attached around the trunk of the abaca plant, a species of banana native to the Philippines). This fabric is thicker and less transparent than piña fabric.

Other important info: Very limited supply. The texture and shade vary widely from source to source. The usual width is between 28-30 inches so the maximum barong chest, waist, or hip measurement it can accommodate is between 52-56 inches only depending on the available supply. The abaca fibers have the tendency to crack when folded especially if the folded area is pressed hard. This may create a permanent sharp bend surface (crease) that is visible when examined closely.

Barong Price Range: PHP 7,000 - 16,000

Cocoon is a woven fabric from silk with a transparency somewhat similar to the transparency of a piña fabric but without the sheen. The fabric's natural color is off white but as a standard for our traditional cocoon barongs, we hand paint the fabric with piña streaks to give it a distinct color somewhat similar to that of piña fabric. The treated cocoon fabric is known in the market as piña-cocoon. Please take note that the quality of piña-cocoon depends on the paint application techniques. Therefore, the quality varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Other important info:  The texture and shade vary widely from source to source. The usual width is 45 inches so it can accommodate wider chest, waist, or hip measurement (more than 60 inches in circumference).

Barong Price Range: PHP 4,000 - 12,000

Jusi, like cocoon, is also a woven fabric from silk but is less transparent. The fabric's natural color is off white but as a standard for our jusi barongs, we hand paint the fabric with piña streaks to give it a distinct color somewhat similar to that of piña fabric. The treated jusi fabric is known in the market as piña-jusi. Please take note that the quality of piña-jusi depends on the paint application techniques. Therefore, the quality varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Other important info:  The texture and shade vary widely from source to source. The usual width is 45 inches so it can accommodate wider chest, waist, or hip measurement (more than 60 inches in circumference).

Barong Price Range: PHP 3,000 - 11,000 

Sample Tailored Barongs by Fabric

Pure Piña

Piña-Silk

Pina-Silk (Stripes)

Cotton-Abaca

Piña-Cocoon

Piña-Jusi
Fabric Color Schemes Other Than NATURAL COLOR

Solid

Monochromatic Upward Fade

Monochromatic Downward Fade

Monochromatic Center Fade

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