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 transparent fabric made from the fine lustrous fibers (liniwan or linawan) derived from the leaves of pineapple plants. When you examine the pure piña 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 fabrics.
Barong Price Range: PHP 9,000 - 30,000
Piña-Silk (Piña-Seda) is a woven fabric from piña and silk fibers. When you examine the piña-silk 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: PhP 6,000 - 25,000
Cotton-Abaca is a woven fabric from cotton yarn and abaca fibers and is thicker and less transparent than piña fabric.
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. Cocoon has a whitish glow while piña has an elegant yellowish glow. Since aesthetic is important to us, our cocoon fabrics are already enhanced with hand-painted streaks that make the fabric glow like a piña fabric. The enhanced cocoon fabric is known in the market as piña-cocoon.
Barong Price Range: PHP 4,000 - 12,000
Jusi, like cocoon, is also a woven fabric from silk but is less transparent. Like cocoon, jusi has a whitish glow. Since aesthetic is important to us, our jusi fabrics are already enhanced with hand-painted streaks that make the fabric glow a bit like a piña fabric. The enhanced jusi fabric is known in the market as piña-jusi.
Barong Price Range: PHP 3,000 - 11,000
Fabric Color Schemes Other Than NATURAL COLOR
Monochromatic Upward Fade
Monochromatic Downward Fade