Fabric Selection

Piña, Piña-Silk, Abaca, Cocoon, Jusi

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The most important element in constructing a barong is choosing the perfect fabric. The fabric greatly affects the look of a barong, thereby 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 character and charm. Therefore, a wise choice of fabric can result in an 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:

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

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

Barong Price Range (w/ custom-made long sleeve Camisa de Chino): PHP 12,000 - 35,000

Piña-Silk (Piña-Seda or Pineapple-Silk) is a woven fabric from pineapple and silk fibers. It has a yellow tinge which is lighter than that of piña fabric. 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. 

Barong Price Range (w/ custom-made long sleeve Camisa de Chino): PhP 7,000 - 30,000 

Abaca is a woven fabric from 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.

Barong Price Range (w/ custom-made long sleeve Camisa de Chino): PHP 8,000 - 19,000

Cocoon (Cocoon Silk) 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 cocoon classic 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 cocoon-piña. The quality of cocoon-piña depends on the paint application techniques. Therefore, the quality varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. 

Please inform us if you want your fabric without the hand-painted piña streaks.

Barong Price Range (w/ custom-made long sleeve Camisa de Chino): PHP 4,000 - 28,000

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 classic 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 jusi-piña. The quality of jusi-piña depends on the paint application techniques. Therefore, the quality varies widely from manufacturer to manufacturer. 

Please inform us if you want your fabric without the hand-painted piña streaks.

Barong Price Range (w/ custom-made long sleeve Camisa de Chino): PHP 3,000 - 6,000 

Sample Tailored Barongs by Fabric

PIÑA (w/ Camisa de Chino)

PIÑA-SILK (w/ Camisa de Chino)

PIÑA-SILK w/ STRIPES

ABACA

COCOON-PIÑA

JUSI-PIÑA

Fabric Color Schemes Other Than NATURAL COLOR

Solid

Monochromatic Upward Fade

Monochromatic Downward Fade

Monochromatic Center Fade

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