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. 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 (Pineapple) is a sheer fabric made from the fine lustrous fibers of the leaves of the red Spanish pineapple. It has a yellowish tinge or a light champagne gold color. When you examine the fabric closely, you'll notice intertwined fibers (longitudinal warp and transverse weft) with uneven thickness typical of the fine pineapple leaf fibers. Extracting the delicate pineapple fibers is labor intensive and this arduous process makes the pineapple fabric expensive.

The elegant piña is the finest of all Philippine hand-woven fabrics. It's rare and only available in small quantities from a handful of weavers because most weavers prefer to weave the less expensive piña-silk that they can sell quickly in large quantities.

Piña-Silk

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

This fabric has an abundant supply so you can find this in most barong shops throughout the Philippines. A lot of sellers refer to piña-silk as "piña" and to piña as "piña-orig" (orig as abbreviation of the word "original"). So when buying a piña barong, it would be wise to ask the seller to confirm if the fabric is piña and not piña-silk or to inspect the fibers closely in order to get the right idea of the fabric.

Abaca

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.

Cocoon

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.

Jusi

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.

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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