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 is a transparent fabric made from the fine lustrous fibers derived from the leaves of pineapple plants. When you examine the piña fabric closely, you will notice vertical and horizontal intertwined fibers with uneven thickness typical of piña fibers. This is a characteristic that you can look into when making comparisons with other fabrics made from piña and other natural 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 to PhP 30,000 inclusive of 12% VAT
Piña-Silk is a woven fabric from piña and silk fibers. Most barongs labeled as piña in the market are made using this type of fabric. Be careful though when the sales staff claim that a barong's fabric is pure piña. When you examine the piña-silk fabric closely, you will notice vertical silk fibers with mostly even thickness intertwined with the noticeable horizontal piña fibers with uneven thickness.
This is a less expensive option for pure piña fabric.
Barong Price Range: PhP 6,000 to PhP 25,000 inclusive of 12% VAT
Cotton-Abaca is a woven fabric from cotton threads and abaca fibers and is thicker and less transparent than piña fabric.
Barong Price Range: PhP 7,000 to PhP 16,000 inclusive of 12% VAT
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.
This is a cheaper option for the piña fabric.
Barong Price Range: PhP 4,000 to PhP 12,000 inclusive of 12% VAT
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.
This is another cheaper option for the piña fabric.
Barong Price Range: PhP 3,000 to PhP 11,000 inclusive of 12% VAT
Fabric Color Schemes Other Than NATURAL COLOR
Monochromatic Upward Fade
Monochromatic Downward Fade